FEBRUARY 11, 2002
Alesi to test for McLaren
The Frenchman retired from formula one after the 2001 season, and is thought to be the only driver, other than Arrows' Heinz-Harald Frentzen, to have driven on both Bridgestone and Michelin Formula 1 tires, so his input may be useful to McLaren, who has switched to Michelin rubber for 2002.
The announcement is no great surprise, as Alesi has a deal to drive for Mercedes in the DTM series in 2002, and the test may be part of that deal. Currently, the test in early March is the only one scheduled for the F1 veteran.
"Obviously, I'm looking forward to sitting behind the wheel of an F1 car again and I'm sure that driving a West McLaren Mercedes is going to be an experience," Alesi said. "I have no plans to return to F1 competition and I am 100 percent committed to my DTM championship challenge with Mercedes-Benz."