Wurz ridicules wacky Maldonado conspiracy theory

Former F1 driver Alex Wurz has rubbished an age-old wacky conspiracy theory surrounding Pastor Maldonado's win with Williams... The post Wurz ridicules wacky Maldonado conspiracy theory appeared first on F1i.com.

Wurz ridicules wacky Maldonado conspiracy theory

Former F1 driver Alex Wurz has rubbished an age-old wacky conspiracy theory surrounding Pastor Maldonado's win with Williams in the Spanish GP in 2012.

The hot-headed Venezuelan pay-driver, nicknamed 'Crashtor' for his legacy of penalties and crashes, competed in F1 between 2011 and 2015.

But Maldonando's claim to fame in the sport is a shock win achieved in 2012 at Barcelona, where the Williams charger - starting from pole - delivered a stellar performance to offer the Grove-based outfit its first victory after an eight-year drought, a milestone success that remains to this day the team's last triumph in F1.

But over the years, suspicious minds peddled a theory claiming Maldonado's astonishing win at the Circuit de Catalunya had perhaps not been all it appeared to be.

The conspiracy alleged that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone had arranged for Williams to run - unbeknownst to its rivals - an underweight or illegal FW34, allowing the team to gift a belated 70th birthday present to its beloved founder, Sir Frank.

The conspiracists also claimed that the fire that broke out in the Williams garage after the race, as the team was packing up, had been set alight deliberately, to erase all evidence of any wrong doing!

Revisiting the rumors of the bonkers scheme in an interview with Austrian broadcaster ORF, Wurz predictably ridiculed the alleged plot.

"Definitely not!" said the GPDA chairman. "I was still with the team and those were the times when Toto [Wolff] was with Williams. And the fire was dangerous, catastrophic."

Wurz insisted Williams' pace that weekend - or rather Maldonado's impressive form as teammate Bruno Senna had only qualified a lowly P17 in Spain - was absolutely legitimate and rooted in a ploy discovered by the team.

"The car was very fast, because as a team we were the first to understand that we had to heat the front tyre on the rim. And we found that out during the test. It was Ed Wood, then chief designer, and me.

"We stood on the track and talked about the air flow volume flow that goes through the rim and always cools the tyre. And everyone had understeer. We were the first to find out."

Wurz explained that Wood was also successful in improving the brake cooling of Williams' FW34.

"That is a big issue now, part of the copying issue in Formula 1 - with Racing Point and Mercedes," noted Wurz.

"We were the first to do it right. Then everyone copied it and Williams fell behind again."

Maldonado's best result during the remainder of the 2012 season was a fifth-place finish in Abu Dhabi, but the nutty intrigue lived on.

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Carey: New F1 CEO the result of 'very broad search'

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Carey: New F1 CEO the result of 'very broad search'

Outgoing F1 CEO Chase Carey says Liberty Media conducted a "very broad search" to find his successor before former Ferrari man Stefano Domenicali was handed the job.

Domenicali will take over the reins of Formula 1 at the start of next year, with overseeing the transition in his capacity as non-executive chairman.

Carey says that F1's search for a new chef executive focused on an individual capable of building on the foundation previously laid down by Liberty.

"We went through a very broad search, looking at a complete range from A to Z of candidates," Carey said, speaking on

"I came into this as an outsider, and I think there was some value in coming into the sport as an outsider, because I felt it needed significant change and fresh perspectives, a different set of perspectives.

"Going forward now, what we felt was right, we wanted somebody who can maintain the momentum and continue to build on what we think we've put in place to grow the sport.

"One of the important things Stefano brings is a deep knowledge of not just the sport and the competition on-track, but the players in the sport, and therefore I think he can hit the ground running in terms of taking things forward."

Domenicali built his credentials at Ferrari over 20 years, the 55-year-old Italian departing his role as team principal of the Scuderia in 2014, eventually taking on a top executive position with Lamborghini while also heading the FIA's single seater commission.

F1 teams welcomed the appointment of an affluent and respected executive well-versed in Grand Prix racing's affairs.

"Stefano brings a unique personalty to this, somebody that has great respect," Carey said.

"Sometimes I feel that this role you're sitting in the eye of a storm, with a lot of partners circling around. I think he brings a balance, and an even-keeled personality to navigate through what at times can be a very noisy situation.

"I think the combination of unique expertise and experience with a personality that can navigate through the various dynamics that exist make him ideally suited for this."

Carey steered clear of revealing the names of those who were considered as suitable candidates.

"I'm really not going to comment on and don't think it's appropriate to comment on who we considered," said the American. "We only made one offer, and that offer was to Stefano, and we're thrilled to have him in place."

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