Vergne wearing Indy 500 rookie Alesi's helmet

May 24 (GMM) Jean-Eric Vergne will race Formula One veteran Jean Alesi's helmet design this weekend in Monaco.

Jean-Eric Vergne, Scuderia Toro Rosso
Jean-Eric Vergne, Scuderia Toro Rosso

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It is Vergne's tribute to his French countryman as former Ferrari and Sauber driver Alesi, 47, this weekend becomes the oldest ever rookie in the Indy 500.

Vergne, 22, had planned to watch Alesi from Indianapolis' fabled stands, "but then came the news I was driving for Toro Rosso and of course that meant a clash with Monaco".

Alesi starts the Indy 500 from 33rd and last, with the vastly-underpowered Lotus engine.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jean Alesi , Jean-Eric Vergne
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , Toro Rosso
Tags alesai, monaco, monte carlo, toro roosso, vergne