LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE: A Former F1 driver was caught speeding in Germany and given a hefty fine. You recognise him...? Image: Twitter
BERLIN, Germany - Former Ferrari Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi has confirmed rumours he was caught speeding this week at 60km/h above the legal limit on a road in Germany.
Der Trierische Volksfreund, a German daily, reported that police had stopped a former F1 driver moving at more than 140km/h on his way to the Nurburgring.
The police did not disclose his identity, saying only that his grand prix career "spanned the years of 1989 and 2001".
STILL TOOK HIS MONEY
The only driver fitting that bill was Frenchman Alesi, the now 51-year-old former Ferrari driver.
Alesi duly confirmed to the Swiss newspaper Blick: "I had been in my Mercedes for a few hours already and wanted to get from Avignon to the Nurburgring as soon as possible. My son Giuliano was testing a Formula Renault for the 2016 season.
"The police were very nice and we talked about racing but they still took more than €1000 (about R12 500) from me!" Alesi smiled.
"I will probably also lose my licence for German roads for two months."