Debut & Benetton (1997-2000)
Alex got his F1 debut at the 1997 Canadian GP, filling in for an ill Gerhard Berger at Benetton. He continued to race for Benetton at the French GP & British GP, where he collected his first points finish and maiden podium as well. He returned to a test role for the rest of the season after that, but was given a full time race seat at Benetton the following year along side Giancarlo Fisichella.
1998 started strongly with good results, collecting five 4th place finishes. However a down turn in performance mid-to-late season left him 8th with only 17 points at the end of the year.
1999 & 2000 would be difficult seasons for the Austrian driver, scoring points in only 3 races; the 1999 Monaco GP, the 1999 Austrian GP and the 2000 Italian GP.
Test Driver at McLaren (2001-2005)
Unable to find a race seat in 2001, Wurz signed with McLaren as their official Test Driver. A position he would later share with Spaniard Pedro De la Rosa after he joined the team in 2003.
Racing for McLaren (2005)
With Juan Pablo Montoya injured after a so called ‘Tennis Accident’, Wurz was drafted into replaced the Columbian at the 2005 San Marino GP. He finished the race a solid 4th, but with the disqualification of both BAR Honda cars for running under the weight limit, Wurz was promoted to 3rd and collected a podium.
Alex moved to Williams in 2006 as the teams Test & Reserve Driver, but was promoted at the start of the 2007 season to a full time race seat at Williams, replacing Mark Webber. A shaky start to the season saw 2 DNF’s and no points from the first 4 races. However his first points came at the 2007 Monaco GP where he finished 7th. A great drive at the following round in Canada saw him score his third podium of his career for a 3rd place after starting 19th. His final points of 2007 came at the rain socked European GP, where he finished a gallant 4th, just behind 3rd placed Mark Webber.
On the 8th of October 2007, one race before the end of the season Alex confirmed his retirement from Formula 1 with immediate effect. Williams test driver Kazuki Nakajima, took the race seat for final round of 2007 in Brazil.
He released a statement saying;
"I would like to thank my family and fans, everyone at AT&T Williams and my previous teams, as well as the media, for all of their support during my Formula One racing career. I may race again, perhaps in Le Mans or other categories and certainly some of my time will now be committed to the very important subject of road safety."
Honda & Brawn GP (2008-2009)
Although Alex had retired from full time racing he did sign a new contract as Honda’s Test Driver for 2008. He kept this position into 2009 when the Honda team evolved into the Brawn team.
Alex won the 2009 Le Mans 24 hours driving for Peugeot with co-drivers David Brabham and Marc Gene. He also won it in 1996. The gap of 13 years between victories is the longest record between wins in Le Mans history.