Alesi opts for career in touring cars

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Jean Alesi, who retired from Formula One after his 201st grand prix in Japan last month, will race in the German DTM touring car series for Mercedes next season.

"Mercedes and Jean Alesi are happy to announce a two-year contract with an option to continue the co-operation after the end of 2003," Mercedes said yesterday.

"I'm very happy to join Mercedes," Alesi said. "I've always liked the DTM with its close competition. Without the electronic aids assisting you in Formula One, the cars are very challenging. I consider this to be a big challenge."