Giuliano Alesi will leave the Ferrari Driver Academy, but he was allowed to drive a Formula 1 racing car with the same starting number as his father Jean yesterday.
Besides Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong and Robert Schwarzman were also allowed to test for Ferrari on Monday. Racing was done with Ferrari’s 2018 car (SF71H 2018). This appearance was something special for Alesi in particular, because not only was he allowed to drive in a Ferrari with his father’s starting number 30 years after his father, but it was also his last stop as a Ferrari driver.
So, he says goodbye to the FDA (Ferrari Driver Academy) and will probably go to Japan:
“I want to thank Ferrari for this fantastic opportunity today. Getting into the cockpit of the SF71H was incredibly exciting — just like driving the car under my father’s eyes with the same start number. This test was the best possible way to say goodbye to Ferrari. A new adventure in Asia awaits me, and I can’t wait for it to start.”
In 2016, Alesi was brought into the Ferrari Driver Academy, but last year he only finished 17th in Formula 2. It is no longer possible to pursue the Formula One wish further, as Alesi cannot raise any sponsorship funds. His father, Jean Alesi, even sold his Ferrari F40 last year to support his son’s career, but that wasn’t enough.
Jean Alesi said:
“We don’t have any sponsors for 2021, Ferrari has fired him from the academy and I can’t raise any more private money.”
At least Ferrari was able to give him a successful conclusion. The five-day test in Fiorano by Ferrari continued today.
Charles Leclerc was allowed to drive before the new Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz will take over tomorrow. Mick Schumacher will also be allowed to drive in the course of the week.