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The man is a legend - Its Alex Wurz's time to shine

Published by Mr. C

Alex Wurz

No, I'm not talking about yesterday's race winner, I'm talking about Williams' driver Alex Wurz.

Early on in the race, somewhere around lap 7, Scott Speed tripped over the back of Wurz's car and damaged part of the rear-wing mounting assembly. Given the loads that these wings are put under it was a tough call for the team to ask Alex to stay on track and he's a brave man for continuing to drive. The remainder of the wing could have broken off at any moment and we all saw what happened to Kubica when his car went straight on, while the track didn't.

It's a testament to the strength of the blue cars that Alex was even able to continue, let alone keep pace with the cars in front - the damage would also have affected his straight-line speed. But continue he did, and it was well worth the risk, resulting in his first third place since San Marino in 2005. In fact his only other podium finish was with Benetton back in '97, a team he made his debut with at this very track 10 years ago.

It was a matter of circumstance that allowed the Williams team to climb up onto the podium for the first time since 2005 yesterday. But after a very bad weekend by Alex's standards (in free practice he was: 15th, 17th and 20th, he then qualified in 20th), that's a result to be savoured.

Ten out of ten for bravery and for the team opting to continue to race. They may not make the podium on a regular basis, but if you're going to make one trip up there this year, Canada was a pretty good place to do it.