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Published on Feb 12, 2014
Driver: #27 Jean Alesi (France) Car: Ferrari 412 T2 Engine: Ferrari 3000 (Tipo 044/1) 2997cc 75° V12 Gearbox: Ferrari 6-speed semi-auto sequential Grand Prix 2 power rating in RP/Q: 706/716 HP Grand Prix 2 weight: 595kg (AI:595) Tyres: Goodyear 'C' Compound (Soft) Fuel: Agip "pump fuel" Failure probability: 9999/32767 [30.5%] Difficulty: Ace (no driver aids)
I don't think a race [simulation] could better illustrate the luck and fighting spirit of Jean Alesi than this one. In joint-lead of the championship with Hill, I chose [perhaps wrongly] instead to fight with Schumacher for much of the race, as he was clearly the quickest driver on the circuit. I managed to keep him at bay lap-after-lap, running at least two seconds behind the pace and driving very defensively, until he pitted. In response, I pitted the very next lap, and came out ahead of him. However, the Williams cars were both one-stopping and sailed into an easy lead which they would never lose. Having settled for 3rd place, I continued to battle Schumacher until it was time for second stops. Coming out of the pits I was too ambitious in passing a Pacific-Ford, costing the #27 Ferrari a front wing, so I was back in the pits the next lap. Having resolved to at least get points, I drove as hard as possible and set the fastest lap of the race, which is some small consolation. I passed a number of cars on the track, saw Schumacher recovering from a spin, and thanks to the momentum of the charge, found myself in a secure 3rd place with two laps to go [but only one lap to run, since Hill had lapped me]. Therefore, despite the crash, I was back exactly where I was: in 3rd, with no hope of 2nd or 1st. However, now followed the worst luck. Berger, having a tough race, had spun off from a points position and pitted to repair damage. He emerged from the pits on fresh rubber and was charging, appearing very suddenly in my mirrors. I knew I couldn't keep him behind, and since he is my team mate, I wanted to let him unlap himself, or to prevent any sort of coming together, not dart across the track to the inside. I held the racing line, and braked conservatively. He was carrying too much speed and smashed into the back of my car with great force, ending Alesi's race immediately, just four turns from the finish line. Having completed all but two laps, Jean found himself classified in 8th position. Immediately following the crash, he sat in his car, unable to move or watch the replays (which means I was too shocked and disgusted to pause and press replay). He loses the lead of the championship and falls ten points behind Damon Hill. Grand Prix 2 is a harsh mistress.
1st Damon Hill (Williams-Renault) 1h 35m 44.714s 2nd David Coulthard (Williams-Renault) +39.447s 3rd Eddie Irvine (Jordan-Peugeot) -1 lap 4th Michael Schumacher (Benetton-Renault) -1 lap 5th Johnny Herbert (Benetton-Renault) -1 lap 6th Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Sauber-Ford) -1 lap 7th Mark Blundell (McLaren-Mercedes) -1 lap 8th Jean Alesi (Ferrari) -2 laps [incident] 9th Martin Brundle (Ligier-Mugen) -2 laps 10th Jean-Christophe Boullion (Sauber-Ford) -2 laps 11th Gerhard Berger (Ferrari) -2 laps [incident] 12th Luca Badoer (Minardi-Ford) -2 laps 13th Ukyo Katayama (Tyrrell-Yamaha) -2 laps 14th Gianni Morbidelli (Footwork-Hart) -2 laps 15th Taki Inoue (Footwork-Hart) -3 laps 16th Bertrand Gachot (Pacific-Ford) -4 laps 17th Olivier Panis (Ligier-Mugen) -5 laps 18th Jos Verstappen (Simtek-Ford) Engine 19th Rubens Barrichello (Jordan-Peugeot) Engine 20th Roberto Moreno (Forti-Ford) Transmission 21st Mika Salo (Tyrrell-Yamaha) Oil Leak 22nd Pedro Lamy (Minardi-Ford) Engine 23rd Pedro Diniz (Forti-Ford) Engine 24th Andrea Montermini (Pacific-Ford) Didn't Finish 25th Domenico Schiattarella (Simtek-Ford) Transmission 26th Mika Hakkinen (McLaren-Mercedes) Didn't Finish
1st Jean Alesi (Ferrari) 1m 24.855s 2nd Michael Schumacher (Benetton-Renault) +0.009s 3rd Damon Hill (Williams-Renault) +0.199s 4th David Coulthard (Williams-Renault) +0.803s 5th Gerhard Berger (Ferrari) +1.349s
Championship for Drivers:
1st Damon Hill 34 2nd Jean Alesi 24 3rd David Coulthard 19 4th Michael Schumacher 15 5th Johnny Herbert 10 6th Eddie Irvine 10 7th Mika Hakkinen 7 8th Gerhard Berger 4 9th Rubens Barrichello 4 10th Olivier Panis 1 11th Mark Blundell 1 12th Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1