England - Austrian Alex Wurz has been hired by the Williams
Formula 1 team as mentor to young drivers Bruno Senna and Pastor
Wurz raced for Williams in 2007, 10 years after his
debut with Benetton, and has a wealth of experience as a tester and
reserve driver for McLaren.
The 38-year-old said the appointment,
which will start at this week's second pre-season tests in Barcelona,
Spain, "highlights just how hard the team is pushing to optimise its
career as a sportsman, which started at the age of 12 in BMX racing and
includes more than a decade in F1 and is ongoing (World Endurance
championship), I am lucky to have gained so much experience," he added.
"I grew up in a family business of driver training and enjoy helping
fellow athletes to operate at their best."
Senna and Maldonado
are among the least-experienced drivers Williams has had, Senna's debut
season was in 2010 with HRT and then racing for Renault as a stand-in
Senna has replaced compatriot Rubens Barrichello, F1's most experienced driver, who is now considering a future in IndyCars.
Maldonado has been in F1 for only a year and 2011 was Williams' worst season yet - ninth overall.
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