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This talented, mercurial Frenchman began his F1 career with Tyrrell  in 1989 before  moving  to Ferrari where  he spent five years . During this spell he  recorded his only  victory - at the Canadian GP in 1995. From there he went to Benetton and, after two  difficult years,  moved  to  Sauber for  the start  of the 1998  Championship,  his  tenth  season in Grand Prix. A third place in the carnage at Spa was one of only four points 
scoring appearances all year, and his frustration expressed itself in his dissatisfaction at team mate Johnny Herbert. He was eleventh in the lists, compared to 1997's 3rd place, 4th in 1996 and 5th in 1995.The most experienced driver on the grid, the Frenchman only failed to finish three races in 1997 and was in the points on ten occasions that year. With only one career win it is hard to avoid believing that Jean Alesi has never fulfilled his potential. 1998 Highlight of the year was 3rd at Belgium. Finished with 9 points for 11th. 1997 Finishes creditable third in the World Championship with 36 points. Moves to Sauber after two years with Benetton. 1996 After leaving Ferrari, Alesi earns his first podium placing with Benetton when finishing second at the Brazilian GP. 4th overall. 1995 Wins his first and only Grand Prix in Canada on his 31st birthday. Four second places see him finish 5th in the Drivers' Championship. 1994 Finishes 5th for the first time, claiming his first of four podium finishes in the opening grand prix of the season. 1993 Finishes 6th in his third season with Ferrari 1992 Finishes 7th in the Drivers' Championship for the second successive season 1991 Joins Ferrari and picks up 21 points to finish 7th 1990 Finishes second in the opening GP in the USA to claim his first podium finish 1989 Makes his F1 debut with Tyrell Ford, finishing fourth on his debut in France. Wins the Formula 3000 Championship 1988 Competes in his first F3000 Championship 1987 Wins the Formula 3 Championship 1986 Formula 3 Championship runner-up