For at least two years, Jean Alesi was synonymous with Monza. In 1994, he took pole position with Ferrari: the team with which he had finished second at Monza the year before, driving the tifosi quite literally crazy. At the time, the Ferrari 12-cylinder engine was the most powerful in Formula 1 and the long straights of Monza were practically made for it. At the start, Alesi authoritatively took the lead, building up an advantage of more than 10 seconds in the first 13 laps. Then, disaster: the Ferrari made a pit stop, but when Alesi got going again, a transmission problem forced him into retirement.
In 1995, on lap 33 of 53, the two Ferraris were leading again with Alesi in front of Berger. But once more, destiny decided to play a part. The TV camera mounted on the rear wing of Alesi’s Ferrari became detached and incredibly landed on the other Ferrari of Berger, breaking part of the front suspension. Alesi maintained the lead and was already dreaming of victory, when just 10 laps from the end his right rear wheel bearing caught fire. It was game over. Again.