The single-seater career of Giuliano Alesi appears to be over with the news that his father, Jean Alesi, can no longer afford to pay the now ex-Ferrari Driver Academy driver for a further season in F2 next year.
The Ferrari legend revealed he had even sold his prized F40 supercar to pay for Giuliano to race but with Ferrari’s decision to drop the 21-year-old from their Driver Academy program, the future looks bleak.
Giuliano Alesi: Not following his in his father’s Ferrari footsteps
Alesi’s single-seater career has been somewhat erratic since he graduated from karting to French F4 in 2015. A decent campaign saw him net 3 wins on his way to 4th in the championship.
A one-off appearance in Dubai for the 2015 – 16 MRF Challenge saw him finish no higher than 9th in any of his 4 starts and he then competed in the 2016 GP3 campaign for Trident as a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy. Sadly this was a fruitless season with no points finishes.
2017’s GP3 season was a much brighter affair with 3 Sprint Race victories suggesting that Alesi was finding his feet in the series. But 2018 saw only 1 further victory and a handful of podiums which was disappointing after the previous year.
Alesi then moved up to F2 for 2019 while remaining with Trident. The season was a disappointment though with plenty of retirements, disqualification and finally a string of points-paying finishes during the final 3 rounds.
2020 has been equally disappointing with just one points finish so far and his switch to MP Motorsport prior to the Russian round at Sochi does not appear to have improved his fortunes.
A sad end then to what at times appeared to be a promising career. With the upcoming races at Bahrain not too far away, perhaps Giuliano Alesi can impress enough to find a drive outside of the Ferrari Driver Academy.