Former Formula 1 driver Alexander Wurz has been named as the replacement for Pedro de la Rosa as the head of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA). The 40-year-old Austrian, who raced with Benetton, McLaren and Williams during his F1 career, and was a test drivers with Honda and Brawn, is a man of ambition. He spent 10 years in F1 and has since won the Le Mans 24 Hours twice. He has tried a number of times to find himself a significant job in the F1 world, working with teams but has also built a business with driving training and FIA safety work. Who knows where this will lead him in the longer term, but for now a role to give the drivers more of a say will be an interesting challenge. Uniting F1 drivers is akin to herding cats but there have been occasions when this had helped to give the drivers more of a say.
“With the support of Jean [Todt] and Bernie [Ecclestone], the teams, the media and most importantly with the backing of our fans, the GPDA will now aim to become a more dynamic and positive influence for the future of our sport,” Wurz said.
Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and McLaren’s Jenson Button will stay on as directors of the GPDA.
“Alex will be a great GPDA Chairman. He is one of the most experienced drivers I know, full of positive new ideas, and he has seen so many different aspects of the sport throughout his career,” Vettel said.
Indeed so. Keep an eye on Mr Wurz…