Wurz to mentor Williams duo
Austrian veteran to pass on experience to Maldonado and Senna
Last Updated: 20/02/12 9:37pm
Alexander Wurz is back at Williams to help their inexperienced drivers
Williams have brought in Alexander Wurz as a driver mentor to help Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna.
Wurz, 38, will take up his new role at this week's Barcelona test.
The Austrian has plenty of experience, competing in 69 races in Formula One, initially with Benetton from 1997 to 2000.
He was also test and reserve driver with McLaren for five years from 2001 to 2005 prior to joining Williams in 2006, again in a test role before stepping up into the race seat the year after.
Another two years of testing followed with Honda and then Brawn GP, combining that job with sportscars as he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2009 for a second time having previously achieved the feat in 1996.
"This is a great initiative by Williams and highlights just how hard the team is pushing to optimise its performance."
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Wurz, who also enjoys plenty of media work and is involved in road safety with the sport's world governing body the FIA, will drive for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship this year.
"This is a great initiative by Williams and highlights just how hard the team is pushing to optimise its performance," said Wurz.
"Throughout my career as a sportsman, which started at the age of 12 in BMX racing, includes over a decade in Formula One and is still ongoing (racing for Toyota in the WEC Championship), I am lucky to have gained so much experience.
"I grew up in a family business of driver training and naturally I enjoy helping fellow athletes to operate at their best. I'm really looking forward to using my expertise to help Williams at this important stage in its history."
Maldonado and Senna are one of the least experienced pairings Williams have had.
Brazilian Senna completed a debut season in 2010 with HRT and then raced for Renault as a stand-in last year. He has replaced compatriot Rubens Barrichello at Williams for 2012.
Venezuelan Maldonado partnered Barrichello last year and is entering his second F1 season.