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Wurz considers return with US F1

By Andrew Benson
BBC Sport at Hungaroring

Alexander Wurz
Austria's Wurz has had mixed success in his Formula 1 career to date

Former grand prix driver Alexander Wurz says he is considering a return to Formula 1 with new US F1 team in 2010.

The Austrian retired from F1 at the end of 2007 but has had talks with US F1 boss Peter Windsor about a comeback.

"It could be an interesting task to help a new team, whether that's only inside the car or outside the car," Wurz told BBC Sport on Saturday.

Windsor said on Friday that he wanted one experienced driver and an American rising star for his team's debut.

Indy Racing League front-runner Graham Rahal, the son of US racing legend and former Jaguar F1 team boss Bobby Rahal, has been linked with the other seat.

Wurz, who has driven in 69 grands prix but has raced in sportscars for the last two years, said he had discussed next year with Windsor at the German Grand Prix two weeks ago.

"We had a chat and a coffee at the Nurburgring to see if we had common interests and ideas," he said, "and we discussed what we can do together, but it is in the very early stages.

"We can't say much more than that about it. It all depends how everything comes together."

Also hinting at a possible senior management role, he added: "There can be lots of possibilities."

The Austrian, however, would not be drawn on why he might change his mind about wanting to race in F1 again.

Windsor said: "Any new team coming into Formula 1 needs to look at drivers with experience.

"Alex Wurz could perhaps be able to operate at our rate of learning."

Wurz last raced in F1 for Williams in 2007, when he quit one race before the end of the season, saying he was retiring from F1.

The 35-year-old raced for Benetton from 1997-2000 before spending five years as a test driver for McLaren and then Williams, who gave him a race seat for 2007.

Anybody who has got a lot of F1 mileage who is still hungry and is a good guy is the sort of person we would be looking at for one of our two cars

US F1 team boss Peter Windsor

Windsor added: "Alex has got a great brain, he is a good guy and a good friend.

"We have said several times that we want to run Americans, but our first year in F1 will be critical in a number of ways especially in this compressed time zone.

"We don't have a lot of time to do everything now because of all the turbulence and politics we have had this season, so there is maybe an argument for running an experienced driver in one car."

Wurz was lined up to take on a role as team boss with the Austrian Superfund team but their application for one of three new team licences for the 2010 season was rejected.

The licences were granted to US F1, Campos Racing and Manor - and all three teams have been linked with a succession of former F1 drivers.

Jacques Villeneuve - F1 world champion in 1997 - has voiced his interest in securing a drive for 2010 but former Williams team boss Windsor believes his team might not match Villeneuve's expectations.

"Jacques is a former world champion and he comes in with that persona and that largesse and it could be that for a team that needs to grow at it's own organic rate Jacques would come in with his own rate of expectation and they might not match," he said.


"The rate at which you learn and grow really affects the way that team will perform over the next decade.

"If you look at BAR-Supertec, as they were when they started (in 1999), in the days of Jacques Villeneuve, you could argue that the team was running before they could walk.

"And I think that's one of the reasons they didn't go on to achieve the success that they maybe should have with their resources.

"We want to walk then canter and then sprint and we want to do all those things in the right order.

"Anybody who has got a lot of F1 mileage who is still hungry and is a good guy is the sort of person we would be looking at for one of our two cars."

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