27 Facts About Alexander Wurz


Alexander Georg Wurz was born on 15 February 1974 and is an Austrian former professional racing driver, driver training expert and businessman.


Alexander Wurz competed in Formula One from 1997 until 2007, and is a two-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours.


Alexander Wurz is currently under contract to race for the Toyota factory racing team in the WEC.


In 2000, Alexander Wurz started a mountain bike team with his countryman Markus Rainer.


From 1996, Alexander Wurz drove an Opel Calibra for the Joest Racing touring car team in the DTM.


Alexander Wurz achieved a podium position in his third race before returning to being a test driver upon Berger's return to the cockpit at the German Grand Prix, which Berger won.


Alexander Wurz was given a full-time race seat for the 1998 season with Benetton and spent three more seasons at the team, partnered each year by Giancarlo Fisichella.

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Since signing to McLaren as test driver, Alexander Wurz had been eager to return to racing.


Alexander Wurz signed a deal with WilliamsF1 to become the team's official test and reserve driver at the beginning of 2006.


Alexander Wurz drove the third car at all Friday sessions in 2006.


At the Monaco GP on 27 May 2007, Alexander Wurz scored his first points for Williams, finishing in 7th place after qualifying 11th.


Alexander Wurz came third for the third time in his F1 career at the Canadian Grand Prix on 10 June 2007, having started 19th on the grid in an action packed race.


Alexander Wurz nearly repeated this at the European Grand Prix, but was unable to overtake Mark Webber at the final chicane.


Alexander Wurz cited doubts over his own commitment as the main reason for his departure.


Alexander Wurz was replaced by Williams test driver Kazuki Nakajima for the final race of the 2007 season in Brazil.


Alexander Wurz was the Honda F1 test driver for the 2008 Formula One season, a role he kept when the team became Brawn GP in 2009.


Alexander Wurz signed with Peugeot to be part of their driving squad for the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans and he participated 1000km of Spa in the Le Mans Series.


The 13-year gap between Alexander Wurz's victories is the largest in the event's history.


Alexander Wurz continued to race for Peugeot Sport Total through 2010 and 2011, though no further Le Mans wins were forthcoming.


Alexander Wurz will drive their new LMP1 Hybrid Prototype alongside Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima.


In May 2018 Alexander Wurz announced that he would follow in the footsteps of his father by making his competitive rallycross debut at the FIA World Rallycross Championship's World RX of Norway at Lankebanen the following month, driving a Ford Fiesta Supercar for MJP Racing Team Austria.


Alexander Wurz is involved in many projects regarding road safety and driver education and training.


Alexander Wurz lodged an entry for his own team into Formula One but the application was unsuccessful.


Alexander Wurz is the second son of former rallycross driver Franz Alexander Wurz, who won the European Rallycross Championship in 1974,1976 and 1982.


Alexander Wurz is married to Julia Horden and has three sons: Charlie, Felix and Oscar.

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Alexander Wurz used to race with different coloured boots on each foot, but since his return to racing in 2007, he wears matching pairs.


On 10 November 2015 Alexander Wurz announced via his Twitter that after 20 years he would retire from racing.