Alesi retires from motor racing as sponsorship runs dry 19 December, 2012 Dec.19 (GMM) Former Ferrari Formula One driver Jean Alesi has decided to retire from active motor racing. At the wheel of a highly uncompetitive Lotus Indycar, the F1 veteran made his Indy 500 debut this year and vowed to return in 2013 with a better performance. But the 48-year-old Frenchman, who won just one grand prix for Ferrari during his 202-grand prix career between 1989 and 2001, announced this week that he is in fact quitting motorsport. “I do not feel like hunting for sponsors,” Alesi told the French sports daily L’Equipe. Subbed by AJN. Tweet Mopar2122 Too bad that he won’t be at Indy this year, he did a really nice job in practice and quali for it being his first time. Dario Franchitti gave him tons of credit for running with so little rear wing; its too bad that the Lotus engine was so piss slow.