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Life after Formula 1 - Five drivers who are doing well in other forms of racing

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2.49K   //    04 Aug 2013, 17:35 IST

When we take a look back at drivers of the past, we are reminded of the likes of Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and so on.

All these legends of the sport have won multiple championships and later bowed out with the utmost respect, however there have been many drivers who have won respect from fans and fellow drivers alike just for reaching the top level of motorsport.

Let’s take a look at some of these drivers who are doing well in other forms of racing.

Alexander Wurz

Alexander Wurz at Le Mans, 2013

Wurz was associated with Formula 1 for almost 13 years between 1997 and 2009. From being a race driver for 69 races to a development driver for Williams and Mclaren, Wurz managed only 3 podiums in his long F1 career. For a driver of his calibre, he should have managed to do much better but it wasn’t meant to be.

The Austrian driver has had a much better career in Endurance Racing. He finished first with the Joest Racing team in 1996 to claim the title of the youngest driver to win the Le Mans 24 Hour race; the record still stands today.

He returned to Le Mans in 2008 and in the following year he took another victory, this time with the Peugeot Racing team. In the following years where he finished the race twice, he claimed to fourth place finishes with the Peugeot and Toyota Racing team.

In 2012, He won three races in the Endurance Championship and finished the Season in 3rd place. The 39-year-old hasn’t been one of the famous F1 drivers, but he sure does have a big fan following in other racing leagues and continues to work as a Formula 1 expert for the media, as a Willaims’ F1 driver coach, FIA driver steward and is also an FIA Road Safety Ambassador.

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