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==Formula One Career==
 
==Formula One Career==
 
===Pre-Formula One===
 
===Pre-Formula One===
Alesi was a title contender to fellow Frenchman [[Érik Comas]] in the International Formula 3000 in 1989. Alesi eventually won the title, as he had 3 wins compared to Comas' 2.
 
   
 
===1989===
 
===1989===
Alesi made his Formula One début at the [[1989 French Grand Prix]] for {{Tyrrell-CON}}, which was also his home race. He qualified 16th and went on to finish 4th in the race. The team's manager, Ken Tyrrell was very impressed that he gave Alesi an 18-month contract. He drove for the rest of the 1989 season while continuing to drive for Formula 3000. When F3000 clashed with Formula One, the seat was taken by [[Johnny Herbert]].
 
   
 
===1990===
 
===1990===
Alesi's 1990 season was his first full year in Formula One. At the season-opening [[1990 United States Grand Prix]], he led for 34 laps, but would eventually finish 2nd and behind [[McLaren Racing|McLaren]]'s [[Ayrton Senna]]. He finished 6th at [[1990 San Marino Grand Prix|San Marino]] and then got another podium at [[1990 Monaco Grand Prix|Monaco]], finishing second. However, Alesi could not manage to score any further points, finishing 9th with 13 points.
 
   
 
===1991===
 
===1991===
Alesi signed a contract with [[Williams F1]] for the 1991 season, but he instead decided to sign for [[Scuderia Ferrari]], fulfilling his childhood dream of driving for the team.
 
 
However, he could not win a race due to the season for Ferrari being unsuccessful. He could only manage a total of 3 podium finishes.
 
   
 
===1992===
 
===1992===
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===1994===
 
===1994===
Alesi started the 1994 season by finishing third in the season-opening [[1994 Brazilian Grand Prix|Brazilian Grand Prix]]. However, he missed the [[1994 Pacific Grand Prix|Pacific]] and [[1994 San Marino Grand Prix|San Marino]] Grands Prix due to a back injury suffered from a testing accident at [[Mugello Circuit]]. He was replaced by [[Nicola Larini]].
 
 
He set pole position for the [[1994 Italian Grand Prix|Italian Grand Prix]], but a disasterous gearbox failure ended his chances of winning. In anger, he drove back to his hometown Avignon at over 200 km/h. He retired five times from [[1994 German Grand Prix|Germany]] to [[1994 Portuguese Grand Prix|Portugal]], but the streak ended in the [[1994 Japanese Grand Prix|Japanese Grand Prix]], battling with Williams' [[Nigel Mansell]] for the final podium spot.
 
   
 
===1995===
 
===1995===
At the [[1995 Canadian Grand Prix]], Alesi won his first and only Grand Prix, ahead of both [[Jordan Grand Prix|Jordan]] drivers [[Rubens Barrichello]] and [[Eddie Irvine]].
 
 
Alesi was close to win at [[1995 European Grand Prix|Nürburgring]], but due to low fuel and traffic troubles, he was beaten by [[Michael Schumacher]] from [[Benetton Formula|Benetton]] to the finish line.
 
 
Alesi's final race for Ferrari was at the [[1995 Australian Grand Prix|Australian Grand Prix]], which he retired from the race by crashing into Michael Schumacher.
 
   
 
===1996===
 
===1996===
With Schumacher moving to Ferrari for 1996, he moved to Benetton along with his teammate [[Gerhard Berger]].
 
   
 
===1997===
 
===1997===
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