Happy 50th birthday, Jean Alesi (VIDEO)

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Only fitting that after Formula One’s newest race winner has entered that elite distinction – Daniel Ricciardo on Sunday in Montreal – we celebrate the birth of one of F1’s most famous one-off Grand Prix winners: Jean Alesi.

Alesi turns 50 today, and it’s fitting timing too for the French Sicilian. He was the podium interviewer at this year’s Canadian Grand Prix, and of course, his one and only win came in the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix driving the No. 27 Ferrari.

It remains the last time the No. 27 won a Grand Prix, although in its return to the grid this year, Nico Hulkenberg of Force India has done it proper justice by producing seven points-paying finishes in as many races. Six of them are fifth or sixth place results.

As for Alesi, who racked up more than 200 Grands Prix in a career that spanned from 1989 to 2001, he since moved into DTM and Le Mans racing in GTE.

His most recent race was a one-off in a Judd-built, Lotus-powered entry at the 2012 Indianapolis 500, driving for Fan Force United. Alesi started and finished last in a car that was woefully underpowered and off the pace at the 2.5-mile oval.

But, back to the glory days, here’s the podium celebrations and interviews from that day at Montreal in 1995.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.