Giovanni Roberto Alesi, known as Jean Alesi (Montfavet, 11 June 1964), is a columnist and French former racing driver.
After many successes in minor categories, Jean Alesi moved to Formula 1. From 1991 to 1995 he drove Ferrari and he won a Grand Prix, the only one in his career. Some journalists compare his drive style to Gilles Villeneuve.
In the following years he drove for Benetton, Sauber, Prost and Jordan, and after he decided to retire from Formula One.
Curiosity: French driver Jean Alesi began his career in 1989, being taken on in 1991 by Scuderia Ferrari, which saw so much potential in him that they dared to snatch him from Williams, with whom he had just signed a contract. The penalty was astronomical: 4 million dollars to be precise.
- This PERSONAL steering wheel in our collection was fitted on the Tyrrel 019 single-seater, with which the French driver of Sicilian origin, Jean Alesi, managed to claim two podium places at the 1990 F1 World Championship: runner up in the United States and Monaco Grands Prix.
- The importance of this steering wheel can be summed up in two words: Scuderia Ferrari. This MOMO steering wheel in our collection bears the “fingerprints” of the French driver Jean Alesi, who raced for Maranello from 1991 until 1995, where he finished third at the Monaco, German and Portuguese Grands Prix in the Ferrari 642 F1 single-seater, which did not actually perform as well as the previous year’s car.
- In 1992 the driver, with his hands tightly gripping this MOMO steering wheel, grabbed two commendable third places at the Spanish and Canadian Grands Prix.
(Source: Wikipedia; Formula1.com)