Alexander Wurz is 41 and a very good man. He has announced his retirement as a driver, but I am very sure that we have not seen the last of the Austrian. he’s a guy who cares about the sport and wants to contribute and I hope that in the fullness of time, he is able to find a position that will allow him to focus this passion for the good of the sport, as I believe that this is what he wants to do. He is currently the chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association and I hope that he remains in that role because he is an intelligent voice, and can back up his opinions with experience. In addition to his racing talents, he is a successful driver training and road safety expert, working closely with the FIA. His father Franz was a great name in rallycross (like Jenson Button’s father John). Franz won the European Rallycross Championship in 1974, 1976 and 1982. Alexander was a World Champion at the age of 12 in BMX cycling, but his racing career developed quickly in karting, Formula Ford and Formula 3. In 1996 he won the Le Mans 24 Hours with a Joest Racing TWR Porsche, alongside Davy Jones and Manuel Reuter, becoming the youngest ever winner of the 24-hour race. The following year he made his Grand Prix debut with the Benetton team, standing in for Gerhard Berger in Montreal. He was on the podium in his third race at the British GP. This earned him a full-time drive with the team in 1998 and at Monaco he was running second when attacked by Michael Schumacher. It was a sign of his fortitude, but his three years at Benetton were disappointing and in 2000 he became the test driver at McLaren. He would remain in that role until 2005 when he returned to race for the team after Juan Pablo Montoya injured himself. After the BAR-Honda drivers were disqualified he ended up in a podium position. He switched to become the test driver at Williams in 2006 and replaced Mark Webber as a race driver at the start of 2007. That summer he finished on the podium in Canada. He joined the Peugeot sports car team and in 2009 won Le Mans for a second time, partnering Marc Gené and David Brabham. In that era he remained a test driver with Honda and Brawn. He then joined Toyota in 2012. Wurz says that his future will still “evolve around racing” and he says that he has a lot of projects on the go, including his road safety and race track design businesses.