Alesi announces retirement from motorsport
19 December 2012 – Jean Alesi has retired from motorsport, according to French newspaper L'Équipe. The ex-Formula 1 driver returned to racing with Fan Force United at this year's Indianapolis 500, but he struggled to make an impact in his Lotus-powered car.
Alesi drove for Tyrell, Ferrari, Benetton, Sauber, Prost and Jordan during his F1 career, picking up a sole victory at the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix and 31 further podium finishes. After his spell in the top echelon of single-seater racing, which spanned from 1989 to 2001, he joined DTM and won four races over a period of five seasons.
In 2012, his aforementioned IndyCar outing was less successful than anticipated. With a sluggish Lotus engine, the 48-year-old could do nothing to keep up with his Honda and Chevrolet rivals, later being pulled from the race for lapping too slowly. He has now allegedly given up on finding the sponsorship required for a second attempt.
Alesi made 201 Grand Prix starts during his career, putting him 11th in the all-time list.