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Wurz it all about? // Alex's future in Formula One is up for debate as he becomes a reserve driver

Published by Christine

Wurz Testing at Valencia

As a quick recap of the tale we all know so well, Alex Wurz used to be a racer, then he was pushed aside in favour of Jenson Button and became a test driver.

For many, many years.

2007 saw his return to driving in anger, but he called it a day one race before the end of the season. So where does that leave us now? With Wurz returning to the safety of test driving with perennial grid-struggler's Honda.

I like Alex Wurz and I was really happy with him getting a seat for 2007. The same way I felt good for Anthony Davidson, all that hard work wasn't for nothing after all. You couldn't exactly call it a stellar season for Wurz, but it wasn't one of the worst either. I was surprised when he announced he was retiring from racing, even more so when he couldn't see it through to the end.

In an interview recently, Wurz said he didn't think he had the energy to complete another F1 season.

You must know that the thing we drivers love, which is of course driving these cars and pushing them to the limits, is about 10 percent of what we really do.

Which is all well and good, but this leaves me in a bit of a quandry. Wurz has spent the best part of a decade testing out cars. He is really good at what he does, and he's bound to make a difference at Honda. But is it really fair?

He's happy to admit that he doesn't want to race, yet he's signed as a reserve driver. We assume that if one of the main drivers was sick, he would have no objections to racing in their place - but he wouldn't really want to, would he?

With opportunities for new drivers in such short supply at the moment, is it fair that a guy who has admitted his racing days are behind him continues to hold a top position. What about all those young rookies that could do with a leg up into the pinnacle of motorsport? God knows, they could use the experience.

I'm not saying Wurz shouldn't be there, because he's bringing all that wealth of knowledge to the team. But at the same time, I've always assumed that the test role is more the predecessor of a race drive. Weren't we all a bit shocked when Hamilton jumped into a race seat without testing first?

Without really being able to come to a conclusion, I shall therefore turn it over to my good friends and blog readers. So, should he be testing or stepping aside for a younger driver?