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Bring Back V10s: Williams and Ferrari’s fight to woo Alesi

by Matt Beer
1 min read

Jean Alesi’s heroics for Tyrrell in the 1990 Formula 1 season are legendary – and promised far more than the rest of his F1 career eventually delivered.

Naturally Andrew van de Burgt, Sam Smith and host Glenn Freeman spend plenty of this Alesi 1990 episode of our Bring Back V10s podcast celebrating giant-killing antics such as his pass on Ayrton Senna’s McLaren for the United States Grand Prix lead and explaining the factors that made them possible, with insight from a key Tyrrell figure.

But the most remarkable tale of Alesi’s season ended up not being the stunning underdog performances he was producing for Tyrrell, but the battle between Williams and Ferrari for his services in 1991 and beyond.

Multiple contracts signed, bizarre press gatherings in which Alesi begged to not be written about, a final outcome that proved career-destroying given Williams and Ferrari’s subsequent trajectories and the arrival of a Ferrari in Williams’s museum – it’s an almost tragi-comic saga.

ASK US ANYTHING! (about 1989-2005 F1) – Submit your questions for our end-of-series episode using the hashtag #BringBackV10s on Twitter, or you can email bringbackv10s@the-race.com.

Bring Back V10s is available through all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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