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Races: 202
Podiums: 32
Career Points: 241

1989United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 16 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 017B
Tyrrell 018 
1990United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 16 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 Tyrrell 018
1991Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 56 Ferrari 037 3.5 V12 Ferrari 642
Ferrari 641/2 
1992Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 21 Ferrari 038 3.5 V12 FA92A 
1993Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 28 Ferrari 041 3.5 V12 Ferrari F93A 
1994Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 71 Ferrari 043 3.5 V12 412T1
1995Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 73 Ferrari 044/1 3.0 V12 Ferrari 412 T2 
1996France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Benetton 68 Renault RS8 3.0 V10 B196 
1997France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Benetton 67 Renault RS9 3.0 V10 B197 
1998Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber 10 Petronas SPE-01D C17 
1999Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber Petronas SPE-03A C18 
2000France Gauloises Prost Peugeot   11 Peugeot A20 AP03 
2001France Prost Acer    Acer 01A AP04 
2001Ireland Benson and Hedges Jordan Jordan   Honda RA001E Jordan EJ11 

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Amato Alesi

By Jeremy McMullen
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Alesi's time at Ferrari was a difficult one. Before coming to the team he had been tipped for greatness. He should have been losing count of victories. Instead, he would find himself without one right up through the 1994 season, but he understood his role. He understood what he needed to do. He needed to keep the ship afloat anyway he knew how. Thankfully, in 1995, Jean would be rewarded for his sacrifice and the Tifosi would forever enshrine him within their hearts.

Ferrari would introduce its 412T2 at the start of the 1995 season. And, while conventional in its appearance to its competitors, it did represent a step in the right direction. The fruits of the team's labors would be immediate. Alesi would manage a 5th place result in the Brazilian Grand Prix and would follow those up with two-straight second place finishes. The strong start would continue through the next couple of races. Then the season arrived in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The starting grid for the race appeared normal enough with Michael Schumacher on pole with Damon Hill alongside in second. Jean Alesi would start the race from a rather demure 5th place on the grid just looking to get back on track after a couple of bad races. However, after just a few laps, the normal would turn strange as Alesi would begin turning fastest laps of the race and would start to draw in Hill and Schumacher at the front of the field.

Schumacher would respond and it looked, early on, as though the German was going to run away with the race. Hill dropped behind Alesi with problems but the Benetton had a seemingly insurmountable lead, that is, until, an electrical problem slowed the World Champion. Suddenly, Alesi found himself in the lead of the race without any real competition. After years of hard work and numerous second places, Jean could look after his Ferrari and relatively cruise to his first victory in Formula One.

Two more second place finishes in the British and European Grand Prix meant Alesi finished the season 5th in the standings, tying his personal best in Formula One.

Sadly, the victory in Canada would be the highlight of what would be the final season with Scuderia Ferrari. Alesi had helped the team weather the storm, but the team was looking at another to take them back to prominence. Negotiations would take place and the result would be, in the end, a swap. Schumacher would come to Ferrari, Alesi would move to Benetton.

Departing Scuderia Ferrari after the 1995 season likely brought about forlorn hearts among the Tifosi, especially after his most successful season with the team. Unfortunately for Alesi, allegiances would quickly turn. Still, Jean would find good pasture with Benetton. After a flurry of podium results at the wheel of the B196, he would finish the 1996 season 4th in the standings, his best ever in Formula One. He would follow it up with another 4th in the standings the very next year.
2001AP04Acer 01A
2001Jordan EJ11Honda RA001E
2000AP03Peugeot A20
1999C18Petronas SPE-03A
1998C17Petronas SPE-01D
1997B197Renault RS9 3.0 V10
1996B196Renault RS8 3.0 V10
1995Ferrari 412 T2Ferrari 044/1 3.0 V12
1994412T1Ferrari 043 3.5 V12
1994412T1BFerrari 043 3.5 V12
1993Ferrari F93AFerrari 041 3.5 V12
1992FA92AFerrari 038 3.5 V12
1991643Ferrari 037 3.5 V12
1991642/2Ferrari 037 3.5 V12
1991Ferrari 642Ferrari 037 3.5 V12
1991Ferrari 641/2Ferrari 037 3.5 V12
1990019Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8
1990Tyrrell 018Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8
1989Tyrrell 018Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8
1989017BFord Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8

Jean's arrival at Benetton would be similar to that of Ferrari. Despite his best ever results in the World Championship, Benetton was a team on the decline. This left Jean looking for another competitive drive. Suddenly, the man that many had tipped to be a multiple race winner and possible World Champion would be starving for a competitive drive.

Alesi would join Red Bull Sauber Petronas in 1998 and would manage to pull off an incredible 3rd place in the Belgian Grand Prix, but it would be the only time over the remaining four years of his Formula One career the Frenchman would ever stand on the podium. It would be one of the few times in which he would even score a championship point.

Jean Alesi's Formula One career would come to an end at the end of the 2001 season while driving with Jordan Honda after two disappointing seasons with Prost. Alesi would finish his Formula One career much the same way he had begun it—with Eddie Jordan. Eddie had believed in him and had a special place in his heart for him. Jean would repay that favor with a 6th place result in the Belgian Grand Prix and an unfortunate bow-out in the Japanese Grand Prix.A Formula One career at an end, Jean had to look for another way in which to exercise his need for speed. In 2002, this desire to keep racing would lead to a drive with the HWA Team in the DTM series.

The DTM series offered Alesi a fresh challenge in a competitive, but much more relaxed setting than the highly secretive world of Formula One. Alesi would relish this new opportunity and would thrive having a competitive drive. Proving that he was not at all too old, Jean would end up fifth in the series standings in 2002 having scored two wins out of 20 races.

The following season there would be just a total of ten rounds of the championship. Yet, despite the fewer chances for victory, Alesi would still come through to score two victories and would end up 5th in the championship once again.

The next couple of seasons with the HWA Team would not be as fruitful and competitive. Over the course of twenty-two rounds Jean would score a number of top ten results but the victories would be hard to come by. Nonetheless, at the first round of the 2005 season Jean would come through to take what was his fifth DTM victory.

EJ11  EJ11  412 T2  F93A  642  642  641/2  641/2  018  018  
Following what would end up being a rather uncompetitive 2006 season driving for Persson Motorsport, Alesi would leave DTM and would seek out pastures new, and some old.

In 2010, Jean would lend his talents to the AF Corse sportscar team. Alesi was back with Ferrari and it was an exciting situation. Driving with fellow former Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella and Tony Vilander, Alesi would finally get that result at Le Mans he had missed out on some 20 years earlier. Sharing driving duties in a F430, Alesi would help the team complete 323 laps and finish 4th in class.

Having survived Le Mans, Jean looked to the other race as part of motorsport's triple crown, the Indianapolis 500.

France Drivers  F1 Drivers From France 
Jean Alesi
Philippe Alliot
René Alexandre Arnoux
Marcel Lucien Balsa
Élie Marcel Bayol
Jean Marie Behra
Paul Alexandre Belmondo
Jean-Pierre Maurice Georges Beltoise
Éric Bernard
Jules Bianchi
Christophe Bouchut
Jean-Christophe 'Jules' Boullion
Sébastien Olivier Bourdais
Albert François Cevert Goldenberg
Eugene Chaboud
Bernard Marie François Alexandre Collomb-Clerc
Érik Comas
Yannick Dalmas
Patrick André Eugène Joseph Depailler
Louis José Lucien Dolhem
Pascal Fabre
Patrick Gaillard
Pierre Gasly
Yves Giraud-Cabantous
Aldo Gordini
Jean-Marc Gounon
Georges Grignard
Romain Grosjean
Olivier Grouillard
André Guelfi
François Hesnault
Jean-Pierre Alain Jabouille
Jean-Pierre Jacques Jarier
Max Jean
Robert La Caze
Jacques-Henri Laffite
Franck Lagorce
Gérard Larrousse
Michel Leclère
Pierre Levegh
Guy Ligier
Henri Louveau
Roger Loyer
Jean Lucas
Jean Lucienbonnet
Guy Mairesse
Robert Manzon
Eugène Martin
François Mazet
François Migault
Franck Montagny
Esteban Ocon
Olivier Panis
Henri Pescarolo
Charles Pic
François Picard
Didier Joseph-Lovis Pironi
Jacques Pollet
Carlos 'Charles' Pozzi
Alain Marie Pascal Prost
Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Louis Rosier
Stéphane Sarrazin
Jean-Louis Schlesser
Joseph Schlesser
Georges-Francis 'Johnny' Servoz-Gavin
André Simon
Raymond Sommer
Mike Sparken
Philippe Streiff
Patrick Daniel Tambay
Maurice Bienvenu Jean Paul Trintignant
Jean-Eric Vergne
Gaining a spot in the 33 car field would not be easy and it would come down to a last minute qualifying run to garner the final spot on the grid. In spite of the more than a quarter of a million spectators present, there was really nothing Alesi could do to delight the crowd. The only tool that would be available to him to delight the crowd was his famous name as his race would come to an end after just a dozen laps as a result of a car that could not maintain a high enough average speed to stay in the race. It would be a truly disappointing Indianapolis experience watching a man that had stunned crowds the world over with his hard-charging driving style struggle so much at the tail-end of the field. But, to Jean, he had done it. He had raced at Indy. It was enough; Jean would step away from racing after that.

Jean would only step away from racing behind the wheel. From 2013 onwards he would serve as an ambassador for Pirelli, Lotus and would be a somewhat familiar sight around the Formula One paddock.

However, Jean also enjoyed a rather quieter life outside of racing as well. Married to Japanese model and singer Kumiko Goto, Jean continues to live just outside of his native Avignon and has become a well-respected connoisseur of wine owning his own vineyard.

Were he to have never taken part in a Formula One race, the motorsports community would have been at a lost and it never would have known it. Charismatic and passionate, hard-working and humble, there was so much to love watching Alesi do battle out on track. Perhaps the champion that was never really given the opportunity, Jean never seemed to mind and, instead, relished those hard days carrying the fragile hopes of fans the world over. For that, in many respects, he will always be the beloved peoples' champion.

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Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg
2017 L. Hamilton
2018 L. Hamilton


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