Talk:Jean Alesi

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Complete Formula One results[edit]

The results table is obviously wrong.

  • Please correct it, I have filled it to the best of my knowledge.Hektor 15:38, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Decision to go to Ferrari.[edit]

I want to make a few changes to the article and thought I'd offer my views here for comment before doing so.

It's become common for people to talk about Alesi making a "mistake" and "letting his heart rule his head" when he signed for Ferrari, but I think this is revisionist, unfair, and incorrect. No one knew at the time that in 1991 Ferrari would experience a downturn and Williams a resurgence. A few facts about how things looked in 1990: -Ferrari almost won both the driver's and constructor's championship in 1990. -Williams was 4th in the constructor's championship, and their highest-placed driver was 6th in the driver's championship. -Ferrari won 6 races in 1990, Williams won 2. -In the 3rd-to-last race of 1990, Ferrari scored a 1-2 win, showing they were still in winning form late in the season. -His teammate at Ferrari was a 3-time World Champion who had won more races than anyone in the sport. There wasn't that kind of experience and learning opportunity at Williams. -In the first race of 1991, Alesi was quickest in the first qualifying session, and his teammate's Ferrari finished 2nd in the race. They were still in competitive form, whereas Williams didn't start winning until the 6th race of the season.

I think just about everyone thought at the time that the decision to go with Ferrari was the one that most logically seemed to maximize his chances for the championship. That this didn't turn out to be so was just another case of bad luck for Alesi, not a "mistake" he had made because of some kind of emotional immaturity. Further, I think some of these comments in the article are too subjective and POV for a Wikipedia article.

I'll make some changes soon if no one objects.

--Ok, made some changes, finally.

Schumacher poaching Benetton's technical team[edit]

I've removed the comment to the effect that "Benetton were about to go into a slump as Schumacher took the core of their technical team with him". Although it is true that Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne went to Ferrari with Michael, they moved for the start of the 1997 season. They were both at Benetton throughout 1996, Byrne designed the B196 and Brawn was running the race team, so it cannot be true, as implied, that their departure led to Benetton's drop off in form in 1996. The 1996 and 1997 Ferraris were designed by John Barnard - Brawn and Byrne picked up another team's design when they arrived at Ferrari in 1997. Happy to discuss. Cheers. 4u1e 02:15, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

IZOD Indycar Series[edit]

I updated this section to reflect the fact that Newman Haas Racing is not defunct, but rather now competing in ALMS. I also updated the series name to correctly reflect IZOD Indycar Series instead of IRL. Kevneely (talk) 15:32, 14 May 2012 (UTC)