Benetton says Wurz to stay

Despite growing speculation, the Benetton Formula 1 team has denied that Alexander Wurz is to lose his race seat following another point-less performance in his home Grand Prix in Austria

Benetton says Wurz to stay

Benetton's denial comes in the wake of a very public display of disappointment by the team's top brass regarding the Austrian's lacklustre drive at the A1-Ring. He finished a lap down in 10th place, behind both Saubers a Jaguar and a Minardi.

"I am disappointed with Alex's performance today," said team boss Flavio Briatore.

His comments were echoed by by the team's Technical Director Pat Symonds, who spent the European Grand Prix weekend in May as Wurz's race engineer in order to more closely observe the 26-year-old. The Austrian qualified 15th and finished last in that race and has yet to score a point in the 2000 season.

"Alex has struggled all weekend to be competitive," said Symonds, "and the race was no exception. The performance was extremely disappointing and we must look into solutions."

However, when questioned whether Wurz would still be partnering Giancarlo Fisichella at the next race in Hockenheim, the team were unequivocal.

"He is driving in Hockenheim," said a team spokeswoman, "there is no question about that."


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