Paradise awaits Kimi

Fri, 5 January 2007, 08:21

Jean Alesi has told Ferrari’s new signing, Kimi Raikkonen, that driving for the Maranello based team in F1 is a privilege.

The Frenchman, who has now left Germany’s DTM touring car series, raced a red single seater between 1991 and 1995.

“Ferrari? It is the best place to be in F1,” 42-year-old Alesi, having raced his last grand prix for Jordan in 2001, told the magazine Auto Motor und Sport.

He added: “For Raikkonen, a paradise awaits.

“I remember signing autographs for a whole hour on an Italian freeway — just because I drove for Ferrari.

“It’s like being a doctor — you are respected for it all over the world.”

Alesi insists that he does not regret pulling out of a deal with Williams in 1991 to drive a less competitive Ferrari.

“You say I could have become world champion? I also could have died. Like (Ayrton) Senna, who also drove for Williams, who knows what my destiny could have been.”


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