Alesi debuted in the 1989 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard in a Tyrrell-Ford replacing Michele Alboreto and finishing a brilliant fourth. A fallout after the British Grand Prix however saw Alesi walk out after the German Grand Prix where he scored a point. In September Alesi announced that he will attempt to qualify for the 2012 Indianapolis 500 in a car powered by a Lotus-badged engine.
Jean Alesi (born Giovanni Alesi; 11 June 1964) is a French racing driver of Italian origin. His Formula One career included spells at Tyrrell Benetton Sauber Prost Jordan and most notably Ferrari where he proved very popular among the tifosi.