History in the Making

J Alesi

J Alesi

While watching the Canadian GP we were looking through the archives and found this. What we have here is the Ferrari F1 car that Jean Alesi used to win his first and only F1 win at the Canandian GP in 1995.

The Ferrari 412 T2 was the type name for the car used by Ferrari in the 1995 Formula One season.

Designed by John Barnard and Gustav Brunner, the car’s design was largely influenced by major regulation changes imposed by the FIA after the dreadful events during the year before: the V12 engine was reduced from 3.5 to 3.0 litre, while new side protection structures were added around the driver’s helmet. The aerodynamics were revised with the sides shortened to fit the radiators and other accessories, while front and rear wings were also changed to reduce downforce according the new regulations. The T stood for Transverse, as the gearbox was mounted in this way, improving rear-end weight distribution.

This car was a step ahead compared to previous year’s 412 T1, but still not able to bring Ferrari back into the fight for the title. Jean Alesi won in Canada: Alesi and Berger were also successful on other races, conquering 73 points for a third place in the Constructors’ standings.

Both Alesi and Berger moved to Benetton for the 1996 season, and were replaced by Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine. Schumacher tested with the 412 T2 and declared the car to be “good enough to win a world championship.”

The image was snapped at Donington Park on a demo run during the VSCC meet in 2008.

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