Wurz to retire from racing at end of season
|By Mark Glendenning||Sunday, October 7th 2007, 04:56 GMT|
Alex Wurz has decided to retire from Formula One racing at the end of this season, autosport.com can reveal.
The Austrian made his decision after his podium finish at the Canadian Grand Prix, and autosport.com understands he even considered pulling out immediately and going out on a high note. But he committed himself to completing the season out of respect for the Williams team.
Speculation surrounding the 33-year-old's future had been rife for some time, however sources suggest that Wurz had been advised by Williams he was one of a small number of drivers on the shortlist for a race seat next year.
Other names thought to be under consideration include Adrian Sutil, Nelson Piquet Jr and test driver Kazuki Nakajima, the latter having been described as "Formula One material" by Frank Williams during a press conference earlier this weekend.
While Wurz will not race in F1 after Brazil, it is believed that Williams is keen to retain his services as a test driver.
Wurz told autosport.com that he was unwilling to comment for legal reasons but did not deny any of the above.