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Jean Alesi

Knowledge Identifier: +Jean_Alesi


Jean Alesi

French racing driver of Italian origin add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1964.

Countries: (29%), Italy (21%), United Kingdom (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Ferrari, Formula One, Gerhard Berger

Linked to: Scuderia Ferrari, Sauber, Tyrrell Racing, Prost Grand Prix




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Jean Alesi was born in 1964 add something


In the late 1980s he was very much a coming man in motor racing, winning the 1987 French Formula 3 title before moving up to International Formula 3000 in 1988 add something


Cosworth - The "'DFZ"' was produced as an interim model, but in 1988 Cosworth created the DFV's final evolution, the "'DFR"', which soldiered on in F1 with smaller teams until 1991, scoring its last points - including a pair of second places by Jean Alesi - with Tyrrell in 1990


In 1989 Alesi tied on points for the F3000 title with Comas but won the titled based on the fact Alesi had three wins to Comas' two add something


Mike Gascoyne - In 1989 he joined McLaren as a wind tunnel aerodynamicist but only remained with the team for a single year before joining Tyrrell, who at the time were enjoying something of a renaissance with Frenchman Jean Alesi at the wheel of the 019 chassis


Ferrari F40 - The factory never intended to race the F40, but the car saw competition as early as 1989 when it debuted in the Laguna Seca Raceway round of the IMSA, appearing in the GTO category, with a LM evolution model driven by Jean Alesi, finishing third to the two faster spaceframed four wheel drive Audi 90 and beating a host of other factory backed spaceframe specials that dominated the races


Alesi was often regarded as flamboyant, emotional and aggressive, but after his spectacular performance at Phoenix in 1990, his career was notable more for its "bad luck" and longevity than for its final results add something


Second place in the Monaco Grand Prix followed the second place gained in Phoenix, and by mid-season, top teams were clamouring for his services in 1991 add something


Having a dismal 1991 season, Alesi's team mate Prost was sacked after the Japanese Grand Prix when he publicly described the car as a "truck" and took a year long sabbatical from racing add something


Though Benetton was the defending constructors' champions, they were about to experience a lull in form like Ferrari in 1991 add something


Ferrari, however, experienced a disastrous downturn in form in , while the Williams team experienced a resurgence which would lead them to win five constructor's titles between 1992 and 1997, thus becoming the most successful team of the 1990s add something


Alesi was partnered by Ivan Capelli the following year, before being joined by Austrian Gerhard Berger in 1993 who was returning to Maranello after three seasons with McLaren add something


Alesi would never win another Formula One Grand Prix, although later in 1995 at Monza his right-rear wheel bearing failed while he was leading with 9 laps to go, at the European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring severely worn tyres broke his defence of the lead with two laps remaining and he was passed by Michael Schumacher add something


His sole win was an emotional triumph at the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on his 31st birthday add something


V12 engine - The last V12 engine used in Formula One was the & Ferrari 044, on the Ferrari 412T2 cars driven by Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger in 1995


In suspension failure with ten laps left prevented him from taking victory at Monaco , while in 1997 he led the Italian Grand Prix from pole before relinquishing the lead to David Coulthard courtesy of a slow pit stop in the middle stages of the race add something


When Benetton's Michael Schumacher joined Ferrari in 1996, Alesi and teammate Gerhard Berger swapped places with him add something


Jos Verstappen - Briatore decided against taking up his option for Verstappen in 1996, signing Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger to drive instead


A pole position and eventual second place at the Italian Grand Prix were not enough to salvage his drive at Benetton, and the team released Alesi at the end of the 1997 season add something


Alesi moved on, initially to Sauber and later Prost, the latter being owned by his former Ferrari teammate Alain Prost after Prost had bought the Ligier team in early 1997 and re-named it add something


From 2000 his helmet has changed from white to silver add something


Nick Heidfeld - Heidfeld was signed as a race driver for the Prost Grand Prix F1 team for the 2000 season, alongside Formula One veteran Jean Alesi


Heinz-Harald Frentzen - In 2000 Frentzen managed two podiums, which were the best results for the team, but Jordan still finished down the grid and, crucially, behind BAR. After some low points finishes, injury, disagreements about the technical direction of the team and a string of retirements half way through the 2001 season, Jordan sacked Frentzen and replaced him with Jean Alesi


In 2001, he became only the fifth driver to start 200 Grand Prix races, and he achieved thirty-two podiums, yet he only gained one victory add something


After Formula One, Alesi was a popular and successful driver in the DTM , where he placed fifth in the 2002 championship for Mercedes with one victory add something


He repeated this in 2003 but this time scoring two victories add something


Allan McNish - In 2003 he was a test driver for Renault F1, doing a little TV work for ITV, but the next year he returned to his successful sports car racing career, winning the 12 Hours of Sebring, combining this in 2005 with a venture into the highly competitive DTM , where he competed against the likes of former F1 men Mika Häkkinen and Jean Alesi


In 2004 he finished seventh in the championship scoring no victories add something


Heinz-Harald Frentzen - For 2004, Frentzen moved to the German Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters saloon car series to drive for Opel, encouraged by the success achieved in the series by fellow F1 refugee Jean Alesi


Sebastien Loeb - In 2004, he won the Nations' Cup for France with Jean Alesi


In 2005 he won the opening race and went on to take seventh place in the standings once more add something


He retired from the DTM after finishing the 2006 season in 9th place add something


Alesi was an active spokesman for the Direxiv team in their bid for entry to the 2008 Formula 1 series add something


Sauber - Amongst other notable Sauber drivers were Jean Alesi, 2008 Formula One championship runner-up Felipe Massa, Johnny Herbert and 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, who raced for the team in its final season


He finished fifth in the second and last season of Speedcar Series after taking two wins in 2009 add something


On 13 October 2009, Alesi tested an AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT2 at Maranello, on the same day that Felipe Massa drove an F1 car for the first time after his accident in Hungary earlier in the year add something


After the test, which lasted just 65 laps, Alesi was enthusiastic and Amato Ferrari talked about Alesi's possible involvement in the 2010 programme add something


In January 2011, along with the launch of their new car, Lotus Renault GP announced that they had hired Alesi as an ambassador for the team and test driver for the T125 single-seater project add something


Natasha Seatter - In January 2011, Natasha was the youngest and only female racing driver who was tested and approved by former F1 champions, Nigel Mansell, Jean Alesi and the current lotus F1 development driver, James Rossiter to drive the new Lotus T125 at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi


In April 2012, Alesi announced his intent to race in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 with a Lotus engine add something


On 18 December 2012, Alesi unofficially announced his intention to quit racing when, in an interview with L'Equipe, he conceded that for next year he had given up on finding the sponsorship required for a second attempt add something


In 2013 Alesi became an ambassador for Pirelli add something


His son Giuliano Alesi is set to compete in $GP3 (GP3_Series) in 2016 add something