Judged in “the firecracker case”, Jean Alesi released after recognizing “idiocy”

Jean Alesi, the former Formula 1 and Ferrari driver, was released by the criminal court of Nîmes on Thursday after being tried for “destruction of property of others by means dangerous to people”. This was due to an “idiocy” he admitted to the court – detonating a large firework at his ex-brother-in-law’s house.

The 58-year-old and his son Guiliano, 23, had been summoned to court for “damaging the property of others by a means dangerous to people, acts committed in the context of a family conflict”. This took place on December 19, 2021 in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, Gard, where the former Formula 1 driver owns a house.

The police were alerted by the neighborhood around 10:00 p.m. due to the sound of the explosion. Thanks to the license plate number noted by a neighbor, the police were able to determine that the car seen on the spot belonged to José Alesi, the brother of the ex-pilot.

The following day, the former Scuderia driver (1991-1995) went to the police station to clear his brother’s name, explaining that it was he who was on board the car. He also denied any dispute with his sister’s former companion.

Read more about Jean Alesi’s “firecracker case” and other news from Nîmes such as two delivery men caught in the act of abandoning household appliances in nature, a one-year prison sentence for the man who threatened the mayor of a village with death, a bus catching fire with ten college students and the driver unharmed, and channels occurring in the ice, causing a hockey match to be stopped.