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Alex Wurz stops as a racing driver: role as a consultant at Toyota

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Alexander Wurz retires as a racing driver
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F For almost 20 years, Alex Wurz was at the highest level in motorsport. At the age of 41, the 69-time Grand Prix starter decided to hang up his helmet. The Austrian, who by the way started his sports career as a BMW champion in 1986 on two wheels, was successful as a Toyota works driver in the Japanese Le Mans program right up until the end.

The fans always think of Wurz as fair and professional racing driver will be remembered. The sympathetic Monegasse was not only noticeable for its successes on the racetrack - such as its two Le Mans victories in 1996 with Porsche and 2009 with Peugeot or the 3 F1 podium places with Renault, McLaren and Williams - but also for its commitment outside of the Piste. As chairman of the F1 drivers' union GPDA, he has been campaigning for safety in Formula 1 since 2014.

Alex Wurz active on and off the track

As early as 2006, he co-founded his father founded the company 'Test & Training International', which offers training courses for road users to increase safety on the road. At the FIA, Wurz campaigned for the promotion of talent. In addition to his job as a racing driver, Wurz has been a co-commentator and expert for Austrian television for several years.

'I have spent half of my life racing in the top motorsport series and another Quarter with the way there. That's why I think that the time has come to say goodbye and I will end my career as a professional racing driver, 'said Wurz in a statement.

' There is a lot for that I am grateful and much to be proud of. My two Le Mans victories will always be remembered in particular, plus the Silverstone podium in my third Formula 1 race. It was a privilege to be in three Formula 1 top To be able to drive teams like Benetton, McLaren and Williams and to contribute to their trophy collection. I also loved the test work, the interaction with the engineers to tease out more and more performance. '

L e Mans 2014 turns things around

But Wurz doesn't always remember all the moments: 'I was in the lead in most of my Le Mans 24h races. But the failure after 15 hours at the front last year was particularly tough. I have so much effortput in the preparation. It wasn't easy to just keep going after that. In the past, such a disappointment only made me stronger and more motivated. This time it was different. That was the moment when I knew that my time in the top class of motorsport was coming to an end. '

As Toyota announced on December 11th, Wurz will stay with racing and its WEC team, with which he raced on the podium for the last time in Bahrain. The Austrian will work for the Toyota Gazoo Racing team as a consultant and ambassador. The commitment will initially run for two years. Wurz will assist in the development of drivers and the team as well as for Advertise Toyota's LMP1 hybrid technology on and off the track, explained the WEC team.

In our gallery we show a few pictures from Alex Wurz's career.

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