Jean Alesi (ay-LAY-see; born Giovanni Alesi on June 11th 1964 in Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France) is a former French Formula One driver who competed in the sport from 1989 until 2001. Despite credited as one of the fastest drivers of his generation, Alesi was only able to secure a solitary win at the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix whilst driving for Ferrari.
Formula One Career
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.
Alesi made his Formula One début at the 1989 French Grand Prix for Tyrrell, 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.
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's Ayrton Senna. He finished 6th at San Marino and then got another podium at Monaco, finishing second. However, Alesi could not manage to score any further points, finishing 9th with 13 points.
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.
Alesi started the 1994 season by finishing third in the season-opening Brazilian Grand Prix. However, he missed the Pacific and 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 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 Germany to Portugal, but the streak ended in the Japanese Grand Prix, battling with Williams' Nigel Mansell for the final podium spot.
Alesi's final race for Ferrari was at the Australian Grand Prix, which he retired from the race by crashing into Michael Schumacher.
With Schumacher moving to Ferrari for 1996, he moved to Benetton along with his teammate Gerhard Berger.
As a tribute for his fellow driver, Alesi wore a helmet that matched that of the late Elio de Angelis.
Formula One Statistical Overview
Formula One Record
|1989||Tyrrell Racing Organisation||Tyrrell-Cosworth||8||9th||Report|
|1990||Tyrrell Racing Organisation||Tyrrell-Cosworth||13||9th||Report|
|1991||Scuderia Ferrari SpA||Ferrari||21||7th||Report|
|1992||Scuderia Ferrari SpA||Ferrari||18||7th||Report|
|1996||Mild Seven Benetton Renault||Benetton-Renault||47||4th||Report|
|1997||Mild Seven Benetton Renault||Benetton-Renault||36||4th||Report|
|1998||Red Bull Sauber Petronas||Sauber-Petronas||9||11th||Report|
|1999||Red Bull Sauber Petronas||Sauber-Petronas||2||16th||Report|
|2000||Gauloises Prost Peugeot||Prost-Peugeot||0||22nd||Report|
|B&H Jordan Honda||Jordan-Honda|
|2002||West McLaren Mercedes||McLaren-Mercedes||Test Driver|
|Front Row Starts||10|
|Distance Raced||45301.932 km (28149 mi)|
|Distance Led||1285.221 km (799 mi)|
|Win Number||Grand Prix|
|1||1995 Canadian Grand Prix|
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|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||[+] More Symbols|
- ↑ Race stopped after 14/81 Laps. Half points awarded
"He led at Phoenix and eventually finished second. Now he has the radical new Tyrrell which has been impressive in testing, but still relies on the venerable Cosworth horsepower." - Andrew Marriott. Eurosport. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix Build-Up.
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