Jean Alesi began his Formula1 career with Tyrrell in 1989 before moving to Ferrari, where
he spent five years. During this spell he recorded his one and only victory - at the
Canadian Grand Prix in 1995.
From there he went to Benetton and, after two difficult years, moved to Sauber for the
start of the 1998 Championship, his tenth season in Grand Prix. A third place in the
carnage at Spa was one of only four points scoring appearances that year, and his
frustration expressed itself in his dissatisfaction at team mate Johnny Herbert.
1999 was also not kind to the French Sicilian and it culminated in a typically emotional
outburst after the Hungarian Grand Prix , when he announced that he would be leaving
Sauber. It was a frustrating year of non-finishes and disappointing performances, indeed
he retired from half the races of the season, and his best result was sixth place in San
Marino and Japan.
2000 with Prost was no great improvement, despite the fact that he was working with his
great friend Alain Prost. Alesi retired from 12 of the 17 races that he competed in and
did not manage to score a single championship point. He tangled with team mate, Nick
Heidfeld, twice on track and a strained atmosphere soon developed between the two until
the close of the season.
This year looks likely to be an improvement, with Ferrari supplying Prost with engines and
the AP04 already setting much improved times in preseason testing. Alesi is now entering
his 13th year in the sport, and will partner the inexperienced Gaston Mazzacane