Alex Wurz Q&A

Alex Wurz has endured a nightmare season for Benetton, but at Monza his luck finally changed and he had a solid run to fifth place. It's been apparent for some time that he would not be staying with the team in 2001, but what's probably been more frustrating for him has been the rather patronising attitude of team boss Flavio Briatore, whose reported comments have not done the Austrian any favours. Alex is now in line for the job of test driver at McLaren next year, and he obviously hopes to undergo the sort of rehabilitation that Olivier Panis enjoyed this year. McLaren makes sense for two reasons - firstly he is not much taller than regular drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard, and secondly he has close but often overlooked links with Mercedes, forged when he drove for the company in GT racing in 1997. Adam Cooper spoke to Wurz at the end of the Italian GP

Alex Wurz Q&A



"I'm really happy with the result. The whole weekend was very tough, because I never drove in free practice, and I was very disappointed with 13th place on the grid, because normally I'm always quick in Monza. But fifth place made up for all this bad luck so far, and I'm really happy now with it."



"I didn't see anything. I just saw dust and bits flying around, and I thought 'Oh my God, I hope nothing serious has happened'. They told me on the radio that there were no real injuries of any drivers. I was happy that there was a bit of a misunderstanding between some drivers, because I simply won some places. (Alex was speaking before the fatality was confirmed.)"



"Well I don't want to say much because maybe I'll say too much then! But it was very frustrating of course. I'm a race driver and I want to score points and win races, and with the amount of bad luck I've had, it didn't pay off. I can tell you five or six races where it would have been quite easy to score points by just finishing races without technical problems and so on. But now it pays off and things are turning around."



"It doesn't look so good on the list if your name is not down!"



"We'll see."



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