ALESI’S LAST F1 RACER APPEARS FOR AUCTION

Heinz-Harald Frentzen aboard the Jordan EJ11-04 chassis at Albert Park in 2001. He'd be sacked by the team mid-year and see out the season with Prost. Former Prost pilot Jean Alesi swapped seats and saw out the season, and his F1 career, in this chassis. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

A FORMER Jordan EJ11 Formula 1 chassis that was piloted by Jean Alesi in his final Formula 1 Grand Prix has appeared in England and is set to be auctioned via Silverstone Auctions on the first weekend of March.

This chassis, 04, was one of six EJ11s to appear at Formula 1 races in 2001 and one of five to actually race for the team that season.

It’s understood the chassis was driven that season by Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Ricardo Zonta (who replaced Frentzen for Hockenheim after he was sacked by team boss Eddie Jordan) and Jean Alesi (who swapped seats mid-season with Frentzen and joined from Prost for the final rounds of that season).

In fact, it became Alesi’s last Formula 1 car as he drove it in the final round at Suzuka in Japan, his last Grand Prix start.

The chassis’ best result in 2001 was a fourth place recorded by Frentzen at Sepang in Malaysia, shortly after he had finished fifth in it in the season-opening race at Albert Park in Melbourne.

The car will be part of the Season Opener auction at Silverstone Auctions on March 5/6 and comes as a rolling chassis – the Honda V10 engine that originally powered it is not included, in case you were planning to set some club day track records!

The guide price on the car is £60,000 – £70,000 (approximately AUD $113,500 to $132,500)

It’s understood the chassis has been in dry storage since its racing days and has spent time as an exhibit at the Brooklands Museum. It’s owned by a private vendor.

There are further details here on the Silverstone Auctions website.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.