Alesi to support young French drivers

Jean Alesi has teamed up with the French Federation of Sport Automobile (FFSA) in an effort to support up-and-coming young French drivers. The former Formula One driver has taken the position of Captain of the French team for the FFSA and will choose, then advise drivers aiming to pursue a career in Formula One.

Jean Alesi.
Photo by Markus Arias-Roehner.
"I give my support to the FFSA so that it can make use of my help to make it easier to find sponsors to finance six or seven young drivers," Alesi said according to L'Equipe online. "I see drivers in F1 at the moment that don't deserve to be there any more than certain French drivers. I want to succeed in this so that our young drivers can have their chance."

Now competing in the German Touring Car championship (DTM) with Mercedes, Alesi still stays in touch with his former F1 associates. He hopes this will assist him in his efforts to help young drivers: "I also remain friends with a lot of people in F1," he added. "And, it is true, it is easy for me to help a young person to go directly to see people such as Ron Dennis or Frank Williams."

Olivier Panis is currently the only French driver competing in F1 since Alesi left the series at the end of last season. Stephane Sarrazin has been behind the wheel as test driver for Toyota while F3000 champion Sebastian Bourdais tried but failed to secure an F1 drive this year.