Watch Jean Alesi Drive At A Wet Suzuka On Slick Tyres Like A Boss

It is one of the great travesties of Formula One that Jean Alesi only scored one Grand Prix victory in his career. He was so much better than that statistic would suggest and this video from the 1995 Japanese GP shows why.

Having served a 10 second stop-go penalty for jumping the start, Alesi made an early switch to slick tyres at a wet Suzuka. Always a great wet weather driver, he made his slicks work on the wet track and set about carving through the field. Despite being nerfed off the track by Pedro Lamy, such was Alesi’s pace that he managed to overcome both the spin and his earlier penalty to get with a couple of seconds of leader Schumacher.

Just as things looked set for a great battle for the lead between two of the finest wet weather drivers of the time, Alesi’s Ferrari let go and the Frenchman was denied a great result through no fault of his own (and not for the only time in his career).

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a great performance by a great driver…and that engine noise.