OBSCURE F1 A-Z: ALEX WURZ
In this 26 part series of posts I will be going through the alphabet and for each letter, a profile piece on an obscure driver - some you may have heard of before some you may never knew even sat in an F1 car let alone raced one. I have chosen a driver for each letter choosing them based on their surnames.
Alex Wurz is an Austrian racing driver who raced in F1 in three separate stints the first from his debut in 1997 - 2000 he then returned to the sport in 2005 and then for a final year in 2007. In this time Wurz raced for three different teams including Benetton, McLaren and Williams. The Austrian entered and raced all 69 starts.
Wurz made his Formula One debut at the 1997 Canadian Grand Prix (race 7/17). He came home a very respectable 11th place in his Benetton, just 1.1 seconds off of Micheal Schumacher's lead who finished just 0.13 seconds clear of second place and home favourite Jacques Villeneuve.
Throughout his time in F1 Wurz showed glimpses of his talent achieving three third place finishes the first of those coming in just his third race in F1 at the 1997 British Grand Prix, then in 2005 at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola in his McLaren and his third and final podium came in his last season in F1 at the Canadian Grand Prix in a Williams.
His final race in F1 would be the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix where he would finish a lap down in 12th place to race winner and that years eventual World Champion Kimi Raikkonen.
In his F1 career Wurz achieved;
1 Fastest Lap
0 Pole Positions
45 Career Points
3 Podiums &