Jean Alesi to drive West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car Woking, UK, Tuesday 12th February 2002: French former Formula One driver Jean Alesi will get the opportunity to drive a West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car at a test the...
Jean Alesi to drive West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car
Woking, UK, Tuesday 12th February 2002: French former Formula One driver Jean Alesi will get the opportunity to drive a West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car at a test the week following the 2002 Australian Grand Prix. At the moment the location of the test has not been decided. Jean will drive the West McLaren Mercedes MP4-16 B, which is an updated version of last year's car.
Jean Alesi retired from Formula One competition at the end of last season and will this year be competing in the DTM Championship in Germany with Mercedes-Benz. During his 13 year career in Formula One, Jean took part in 201 Grands Prix and claimed 32 podium finishes including a victory at the Canadian Grand Prix in 1995. He will make his DTM racing debut with Mercedes-Benz on 21st April 2002 at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany.
"Obviously I'm looking forward to sitting behind the wheel of a Formula One car again and I'm sure that driving a West McLaren Mercedes is going to be an experience. I have no plans to return to Formula One competition and am 100 percent committed to my DTM Championship challenge with Mercedes-Benz. However a drive in a West McLaren Mercedes car was missing from my Formula One CV and I'm really looking forward to the challenge."
MARTIN WHITMARSH, MANAGING DIRECTOR, McLAREN INTERNATIONAL
"Jean has an extensive Formula One experience and we are, therefore, pleased to have this opportunity to benefit from his knowledge. The team is looking forward to receiving feedback and input from Jean following his first experience of our car. Following the test, Jean will concentrate on his DTM programme and we currently have no further plans to test together."
NORBERT HAUG, VICE-PRESIDENT, MERCEDES-BENZ MOTORSPORT
"Jean Alesi is one of the most popular and experienced drivers in motor racing. When we discussed his Mercedes-Benz DTM involvement we also talked about a chance for Jean to test the West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car. Having spoken with our Partners at McLaren we are glad that the test has now been confirmed. We are convinced that Jean, with his experience of more than 200 Grands Prix, will give the team some valuable information. After the test Jean will be focussing on the forthcoming DTM season to fight for the Championship in one of the new Mercedes-Benz CLK."