Former F1 favourite Jean Alesi says Ayrton Senna was the rival who impressed him most in his long career on the grid, pegging the Brazilian higher than Michael Schumacher.. Alesi also encountered the likes of Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost in his career, but says Senna topped them all.
Alesi came off second-best to Senna in a memorable battle at the 1990 United States Grand Prix in Phoenix, taking on the mighty McLaren in a vastly under-powered, by comparison, Tyrrell.
The Frenchman would go on to swap seats with Schumacher in the winter of 1995, the German moving to Ferrari to begin a memorable decade of success, while Alesi joined a team about to dip in form, as he had done when signing for the Scuderia.
Although Schumacher remains the most successful grand prix driver of all time, Alesi says Senna remains the fastest driver he encountered.
"Some drivers when they talk to engineers, they work for that and others not," Alesi told F1's 'Beyond the Grid' podcast.
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