Wurz joins Honda as test driver

Alex Wurz has made an unexpected return to Formula 1 having penned a deal to become Honda s test and reserve driver.

Wurz quit the sport after the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix and was replaced by Kazuki Nakajima. Wurz will now be supporting Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello in the 2008 season and will be attending all races.

“I am delighted to be joining the Honda Racing F1 Team at the beginning of what I hope can be a very exciting period for the team,” Wurz said. “Honda has such a rich history of success in motor sport and it is a real honour to be part of a team that has racing right at the core of its operation.

“This is an excellent opportunity to play an important role in the development of the team going forward. My three previous teams have all been world championship winners and I hope to be able to contribute to Honda’s ambitions.

“The chance to work with one of the best brains in F1 in Ross Brawn is very exciting, as is the level of resources that the Honda team has at its disposal. I am also looking forward to working with Jenson and Rubens, two drivers who I know very well, and I’m sure we will form a very successful partnership over the coming weeks.”

New team principal Ross Brawn said, “We are delighted to welcome Alex to the Honda Racing F1 Team and very pleased to have secured one of the most experienced development drivers in Formula One to support our race driver pairing of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.

“Alex has 11 years of top level experience in the sport and this depth and breadth of knowledge will prove invaluable to us as we aim to make Honda a competitive force in 2008.

“Alex will spend his first Honda test familiarising himself with our team and the RA107 before moving on to play a crucial role in the track development of the new RA108 car. We are looking forward to working closely with him over the coming months.”