An interesting move today was made by Williams, which is going into the season with Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna as its drivers.
The pair have just 45 Grands Prix starts between them and Williams clearly feels that it will be advantageous to have an experienced head like Wurz in the garage, as a driver mentor. The Austrian, who runs his own driver coaching business called Test & Training International, masterminds the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, now in its second year.
Wurz, who took three podiums in his 69 race F1 career, will attend the races this season and will start his work at the forthcoming Barcelona test.
This concept of driver mentoring has been done before. Alain Prost briefly served a similar role at McLaren in the 1990s with Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard, while Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo pulled in Niki Lauda on a couple of occasions to act as a driver mentor.
“I grew up in a family business of driver training and naturally I enjoy helping fellow athletes to operate at their best,” said Wurz. “I’m really looking forward to using my expertise to help Williams at this important stage in its history.”
The team also announced recently that former Olympic gold medal winning athlete Michael Johnson has been hired to get the team in shape and help with pit stop performance.