Williams duo welcome Wurz arrival

Date published: February 28 2012

Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna are confident Alex Wurz will give the team a big boost this campaign…

Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna are confident Alex Wurz will give the team a big boost this campaign.

The Austrian, who will act as a driver mentor for the relatively inexperienced pair, was on hand to advise the duo during last week’s pre-season test in Barcelona.

Maldonado believes it is always handy to have an experienced driver on hand in the garage.

“It is a positive thing because there is one more driver in the team looking from the outside,” the Venezuelan said.

“It’s not always easy to look at everything from inside the cockpit and Alex is so experienced that he can help us to improve our performance.”

Senna added: “Alex is a great addition to the team. He has been around long enough to know things that we can benefit from. I’ll try to use him as much as possible.”

Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan says Wurz, who drove in 69 grands prix during stints with Benetton, McLaren and Williams, has already had a positive impact.

“He’s one of the drivers who I would feel comfortable with bringing in in this particular role,” said Gillian.

“He has settled in very well and it has been an easy introduction. He is already bringing good insight and knowledge [to the drivers].”