Wurz turns down Manor team principal role

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Ex-Formula 1 driver and current GPDA chairman Alexander Wurz has revealed in a recent interview that he turned down the team principal role at Manor Marussia F1 Team.

Manor is currently searching for a new senior management team following the resignations of sporting director Graeme Lowdon and team principal John Booth. The duo will leave the team after the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

On the Saturday of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the team confirmed that former McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan had joined the team with immediate effect.

Reports over the race weekend suggested that Wurz, who will retire from racing after this weekends’ FIA World Endurance Championship event in Bahrain, had been offered the role of team principal by Manor owner Stephen Fitzpatrick.

In an interview with BBC Sport, Wurz confirmed that he had been approached, but turned down the offer.

“After a period of consideration, I have informed Stephen Fitzpatrick that I have taken the decision not to make myself available to Manor,” the Austrian said.

Manor is known to be in talks with a number of candidates for the role of team principal, with the same BBC report claiming that ex-McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh had been offered the job, but had also turned it down.