Alexander Wurz will retire from F1 at the end of the year.
The Austrian’s future at Williams has been under doubt as he has struggled to match team mate Nico Rosberg’s pace.
He made the decision to retire following the Canadian Grand Prix, where he finished third.
Wurz made his F1 debut halfway through 1997, standing in for Gerhard Berger at Benetton. He finished third in his third event at Silverstone before handing the car back to Berger.
He joined the team full-time in 1998 but found an outfit in decline. He left after 2000 and became McLaren’s test driver.
He made a single race start for McLaren at Imola in 2005, finishing third once again, but then returned to the test role.
Wurz still hankered after a race seat and switched to Williams for 2006 as their test driver, before stepping up to the race team for 2007. Although he often failed to match Nico Rosberg’s pace he did finish third in the Canadian Grand Prix.
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