Williams dropped an F1 bombshell late on Wednesday afternoon by announcing that current test driver Alex Wurz will race alongside Nico Rosberg in the 2007 season.
The news either puts the future of Australia’s Mark Webber in doubt or cements speculation that the talented 29-year-old is bound for a plum McLaren or Renault seat.
Sir Frank Williams, who did not take up an ‘option’ on Webber’s 2007 contract this week, possibly because he could not afford his salary demands, said: ”We wish him well in his future arrangements.”
32-year-old Alex Wurz, from Austria, last raced full-time for Benetton in 2000 before moving into the McLaren test seat. There, he earned a reputation for being among the best technically-minded stars on the reserve’s bench.
It was long rumoured that his sideways move to the Grove based team in 2006 included the guarantee of a future race drive, but 64-year-old Williams rejected this thesis last week in Germany.