Alex Wurz has reinvented himself as a pioneer of road safety, rather like Michael Schumacher. The difference is that Wurz has set up a company called Test and Training International, to set up road safety training centres and he has been commissioned by the Egyptian government to build a massive new site new Cairo.
Wurz was Honda’s test driver until their withdrawal last winter. The position of test driver is unclear at Brawn. Wurz has been coming along to Grands Prix this season, hanging out at Brawn, but not wearing team kit.
Wurz’s F1 racing career came to an end in 2007 with Williams. He was their test driver before that and fulfilled a similar role at McLaren before that. It’s always good to see racing drivers using some intelligence to think of their next move, like Jonathan Palmer’s move into driving days.
The statement from Test and Training about the Cairo deal reads as follows,
“The Egyptian Training Centre of Excellence will be the biggest of its kind in the world. It will be built in South East Cairo and over an area of 33 hectares and will be designed to the latest standard of Test&Training International criteria. It will be a multi-functional safety training facility with the ability to offer tailored programmes for cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles, as well as educational safety instruction for all age groups including children and young adults. It will include an off-road track and specialised tunnel training.
” Construction is anticipated to start in Autumn 2009 and The Egyptian Training Centre of Excellence should be operational by mid 2010.”
Wishing him good luck with that.