Wurz: “I Promote safety to go far”


Engine.it was present in the 6 Hours of Silverstone thanks to Toyota Spain and had the great opportunity to interview Alex Wurz,
a former pilot of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing and current ambassador of the brand. What
long chat with two-time champion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
emerged different aspects related to the relevance of the brand and
WEC, although Wurz, special emphasis was placed on the need to continue to improve the safety to be able to build cars faster and more extreme. Extract from the second part of the interview with Alex Wurz.

In the last few years have been very activopara improve security. With respect to WEC, What is the next step to take?

“With respect to WEC, the next step to take is to make sure that way good drivers. It is not easy to form well to the pilots. Outside of this, you are doing many changes to avoid damage in the spine because we have seen that there are seats that cause a strong pressure and tear on certain parts of the body, so that it is changing the shape and material of the seat. There is research that is very interesting.

Toyota is one of the leaders in research on damage in the spine because Toyota and Japan in general, has an incredible simulation software to test what will happen to the body in the event of an accident. I’m working with the engineers, we spent days testing the simulators and testing different types of seats. The goal is to see what is the impact on the body, and we are left with the one that least affects the column”.

– ¿why are you so insistent on this issue?

“The reason for the that promote both the safety is not fear, it is because it should be safe for any person to participate in a sport engine, which in and of itself is dangerous. to Promote safety in the car and for the driver because the cars can be faster and faster without risks. The whole world is moving quickly: video games, movies, everything moves faster each time, and the world of the engine can not stay behind.

we Can make faster cars, but they must be safer. I think that if the cars are completely safe, we can drive more aggressively, and all of that will attract more fans. No one agrees to put at risk the life of the drivers because then you risk the sport, you get to become something illegal. If you remember, in the 50 years, damaged the image of the sport of motor. This is why I promote the security to go further.”


– you Are an ex-pilot of Formula 1 that went to pilot an LMP1, What do you think of the drivers of Formula 1 today?

“I’ve noticed that, in motor sports, we have to make sure that each category look like and is the reference. In Formula 1 only competing 20 times a year, so that should an event be isolated and with their own space. For example, in football, the Champions League never is pisa with national leagues. After promoting the Formula 1 you have to promote MotoGP and the WEC, we must be self-motivated and to find the site of all motor sports.

I Value this as a positive thing that the best drivers are in the best categories. I find it awkward and strange that the drivers can be in competition for something more than their sporting merits. I understand that it is your right to do so, but do not support the procedures that is being carried out. Honestly it’s a contradictory message“.

– As a fan of Formula 1, How Do you see Alonso go to the Indy 500?

As a fan I want to see him in Monaco“.


– As a pilot with an extensive career in F1 and in WEC, What are the differences between the physical preparation of one category and another?

The physical preparation between one and the other is not so different. At Le mans you have to ensure that you can recover fast. F1 are two hours and after those two hours you’re dead, you train all your energy for those two hours and already is. In Le mans, you have time to recover but after that you have to go back to being active. You sleep very little, and your body has to be prepared to work after being exhausted and be in shape again.

it Is very hard in careers of a lot of heat, as Austin, because in the second stint it all becomes very hard. You can’t afford to be tired, you have to be alert and take decisions very fast all the time. It is never the same, so you have to adjust your pace. There is a new decision in each curve. that is why in F1 you train more endurance and Le mans train recovery. Your body gets used to periods of intensity-recovery-intensity”.

– despite what you say, from the outside it looks a race in the sprint.

“What is. In previous years, the level of racing was not so high because we had the fastest cars and the demand was less. Now the level is extremely high, especially for that you have to have a higher concentration. The speed in all categories has grown”.