12th November 1995
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On 12th November 1995, the Australian Grand Prix took place in Adelaide. It was the final edition of the only race to be held in Australasia held on the street circuit: the following year, the race would embark on a new adventure at Melbourne’s Albert Park, which is still on the calendar today. More importantly for Ferrari fans, it was also the final race in Red for two drivers who, despite not winning the title with Ferrari, have earned their place in the history and heart of the Scuderia, namely Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger.
Born in Avignon, France, but with family roots in Alcamo, Sicily, Jean came to Ferrari in 1991, to replace Mansell and team up with Alain Prost. He took part in 79 Grands Prix for the Scuderia, winning one, in Montreal on the very day of his birthday in 1995. Gerhard Berger spent two periods with the Scuderia: the first from 1987 to 1989, the second from 1993 to 1995. In total, the Austrian raced 96 times in a Maranello-built car, winning five times. Two of those victories were particularly significant: the one in the 1988 Italian Grand Prix, just a few weeks after the death of Enzo Ferrari and the 1994 German Grand Prix, the first of the Montezemolo era.
Strangely, Alesi and Berger found themselves together again the following year, in the Benetton team, where they spent two seasons as team-mates.