Alexander Wurz has had a long and distinguished career. But all good things must come to an end, or so the saying goes. The 41-year-old Austrian driver – a two-time Le Mans winner, an experienced endurance racer, and former F1 driver – has announced his retirement from professional racing.

Wurz won his first Le Mans in 1996, driving a Porsche for Joest Racing. Wurz then moved over to Formula One, driving for Benetton (now Lotus) between 1997 and 2000, then switching back and forth between testing and racing for McLaren, Williams, Honda, and Brawn GP (now Mercedes). He scored three podium finishes before leaving F1 for Le Mans again.

Wurz won at Le Mans once more in 2009 with Peugeot before switching to Toyota. He's won a handful of endurance races in the Le Mans Series, American Le Mans Series, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, and FIA World Endurance Championship over the past few years. However, further titles or Le Mans wins evaded him. Last year he was leading at La Sarthe for 15 hours until retiring before the finish line – a disappointment that Wurz cites as the most crushing in his career.

After the WEC season closer in Bahrain later this month, Alex Wurz will hang up his helmet for good. He's yet to reveal just what he'll do next, but says that his "future will still evolve around racing." We wish him the best of luck.

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