F1 legend Jean Alesi says his son Giuliano gave up a European racing career because the environment in Japan is more “sensible”.
The legend of F1 Jean Alesi says his son Giuliano gave up a European racing career because the environment in Japan is more “sensible”.
He now races for the top TOM team in Japanese Super Formula and Super GT.
“In Europe, the F1 teams have their programs to develop young talent, but in the end the problem is still money,” Jean Alesi, who is best known for his career with Ferrari in F1, told as-web.jp The 90s.
“Four pilots in Formula 1 today are the sons of millionaires – this is a reality. But Japanese training programs do not mean that only millionaires can participate in them. Compared to Europe, it is more reasonable.
“It’s a big problem in Europe and it’s been the biggest problem I’ve had with Julian. There were always Mazepin, Norris, Latifi, Stroll, who all went to Formula 1, and there are many such pilots in Europe.
“Money is more important than your performance as a driver,” insists Alessi.
For example, he explains that despite his son’s good performances in Formula 2, he still needed “2 million euros” to enter Formula 2.
“In any category, even if you perform well, you need a lot of money to move up. It’s an unacceptable and strange system for us,” Alessi, 58, whose wife is Japanese, said at the Super GT round. in Autopolis.