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Patrick Tambay
FIA Super Licence Flag of France France
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1977 Formula One season- 1979 Formula One season, 1981 Formula One season- 1986 Formula One season
TeamsSurtees, Theodore Racing, McLaren, Ligier, Ferrari, Renault F1, Haas Lola
Races123 (114 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Wins2
Podiums11
Career points103
Pole position5
Fastest lap2
First race1977 French Grand Prix
First win1982 German Grand Prix
Last win1983 San Marino Grand Prix
Last race1986 Australian Grand Prix

Patrick Daniel Tambay[1] (born 25 June 1949 in Paris) is a France Racing driver. He competed in 123 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, winning twice, securing 5 pole positions and scoring a total of 103 Championship points. In 2006, he raced in the inaugural season of the Grand Prix Masters formula for retired Formula One drivers, and continued in the series in 2007.

Career


Tambay at the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix where, like many others, he retired after hitting a wall.

Early in his career, Tambay was a part of Formula 5000 with the team run by Carl Haas[2]

In 1977, winning the Can Am championship with Haas,[3] Tambay debuted in Formula One on a one-off basis with Surtees, driving in only one session at the 1977 French Grand Prix before spending the rest of the season with Theodore Racing. The team, in collaboration with Ensign (racing team), was running their N177 chassis. The showings proved fruitful as he moved to Team McLaren to race Formula One full time for the 1978 and 1979 seasons. In 1980, he returned to Can Am with the Lola Racing Cars team run by Carl Haas, immediately winning early in the season[3] and eventually taking the championship.

In 1981 he returned to F1, driving briefly for the Ligier team. In 1982, he was offered a place with the Scuderia Ferrari after the death of Gilles Villeneuve. He won the 1982 German Grand Prix that year after Didier Pironi was injured in practice. He won his second and last Grand Prix in 1983 at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, in a very emotional victory in front of the Italian faithful when he drove the #27 Ferrari (the car number of Villeneuve) to the win. He was dropped by the team in 1984 in favor of Italian Michele Alboreto. Tambay moved to Renault F1, and then spent a year reunited with his old boss Carl Haas racing in the Haas Lola F1 team.

In 1987, Tambay formed his own sports promotion company in Switzerland, but gave this up in 1989 to return to racing. In 1989, he drove a Jaguar (car) in the Sports-Prototype World Championship and went on to finish fourth in the 24 hours of Le Mans. He then took up desert raid racing, finishing twice in the top three on the Paris-Dakar. Additionally, he has been noted as involved in ice races and the Tour de Corse jet ski race.

Tambay was briefly involved actively with the Larrousse team, beginning in 1994 as a partnership with friend and business associate Michael Golay. At the end of the 1994 season, however, the Fast Group SA company owned by Tambay and Golay ended its involvement with the team.

Since retiring from full-time racing, Tambay has worked as a commentator for French television. He also serves as the deputy mayor of Le Cannet, a suburb of Cannes.

He is godfather to 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve. His son Adrien Tambay is currently racing in the Formula BMW Eurocup.

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(F1 driver results legend 2) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1977 Formula One season Surtees Surtees Surtees TS19 Cosworth V8 1977 Argentine Grand Prix
1977 Brazilian Grand Prix
1977 South African Grand Prix
1977 United States Grand Prix West
1977 Spanish Grand Prix
1977 Monaco Grand Prix
1977 Belgian Grand Prix
1977 Swedish Grand Prix
1977 French Grand Prix
DNQ
18th 5
Theodore Racing Ensign (racing team) Ensign N177 1977 British Grand Prix
Ret
1977 German Grand Prix
6
1977 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1977 Dutch Grand Prix
5
1977 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1977 United States Grand Prix
DNQ
1977 Canadian Grand Prix
5
1977 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
1978 Formula One season Marlboro (cigarette) McLaren McLaren McLaren M26 Cosworth V8 1978 Argentine Grand Prix
6
1978 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1978 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1978 United States Grand Prix West
12
1978 Monaco Grand Prix
7
1978 Belgian Grand Prix
1978 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1978 Swedish Grand Prix
4
1978 French Grand Prix
9
1978 British Grand Prix
6
1978 German Grand Prix
Ret
1978 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1978 Dutch Grand Prix
9
1978 Italian Grand Prix
5
1978 United States Grand Prix
6
1978 Canadian Grand Prix
8
14th 8
1979 Formula One season Löwenbräu McLaren McLaren McLaren M28 Cosworth V8 1979 United States Grand Prix West
Ret
NC 0
Marlboro (cigarette) McLaren 1979 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1979 South African Grand Prix
10
1979 Spanish Grand Prix
13
1979 Monaco Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 French Grand Prix
10
1979 British Grand Prix
7
McLaren McLaren M26 1979 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1979 Belgian Grand Prix
DNQ
McLaren McLaren M29 1979 German Grand Prix
Ret
1979 Austrian Grand Prix
10
1979 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1979 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1979 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1979 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Formula One season Theodore Racing Theodore Racing Theodore TY01 Cosworth V8 1981 United States Grand Prix West
6
1981 Brazilian Grand Prix
10
1981 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1981 San Marino Grand Prix
11
1981 Belgian Grand Prix
DNQ
1981 Monaco Grand Prix
7
1981 Spanish Grand Prix
13
19th 1
Ligier Gitanes Ligier Ligier JS17 Matra V12 1981 French Grand Prix
Ret
1981 British Grand Prix
Ret
1981 German Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 126C2 Ferrari V6 Turbocharger 1982 South African Grand Prix
1982 Brazilian Grand Prix
1982 United States Grand Prix West
1982 San Marino Grand Prix
1982 Belgian Grand Prix
1982 Monaco Grand Prix
1982 Detroit Grand Prix
1982 Canadian Grand Prix
1982 Dutch Grand Prix
8
1982 British Grand Prix
3
1982 French Grand Prix
4
1982 German Grand Prix
1
1982 Austrian Grand Prix
4
1982 Swiss Grand Prix
DNS
1982 Italian Grand Prix
2
1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
DNS
7th 25
1983 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 126C2/B Ferrari V6 Turbocharger 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix
5
1983 United States Grand Prix West
Ret
1983 French Grand Prix
4
1983 San Marino Grand Prix
1
1983 Monaco Grand Prix
4
1983 Belgian Grand Prix
2
1983 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Canadian Grand Prix
3
4th 40
Ferrari 126C3 1983 British Grand Prix
3
1983 German Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Dutch Grand Prix
2
1983 Italian Grand Prix
4
1983 European Grand Prix
Ret
1983 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Formula One season Renault F1 Elf Aquitaine Renault F1 Renault RE50 Renault F1 V6 Turbocharger 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix
5
1984 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Belgian Grand Prix
7
1984 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1984 French Grand Prix
2
1984 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Canadian Grand Prix
DNS
1984 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Dallas Grand Prix
Ret
1984 British Grand Prix
8
1984 German Grand Prix
5
1984 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Dutch Grand Prix
6
1984 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1984 European Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Portuguese Grand Prix
7
11th 11
1985 Formula One season Renault F1 Elf Aquitaine Renault F1 Renault RE60 Renault F1 V6 Turbocharger 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix
5
1985 Portuguese Grand Prix
3
1985 San Marino Grand Prix
3
1985 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1985 Canadian Grand Prix
7
1985 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
12th 11
Renault F1 Renault RE60 1985 French Grand Prix
6
1985 British Grand Prix
Ret
1985 German Grand Prix
Ret
1985 Austrian Grand Prix
10
1985 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1985 Italian Grand Prix
7
1985 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1985 European Grand Prix
12
1985 South African Grand Prix
1985 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Formula One season Haas Lola Lola Racing Cars Lola THL1 Brian Hart Ltd.
Straight-4 Turbocharger
1986 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Spanish Grand Prix
8
1986 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
15th 2
Lola Racing Cars Lola THL2 Cosworth V6 Turbocharger 1986 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Canadian Grand Prix
DNS
1986 Detroit Grand Prix
INJ
1986 French Grand Prix
Ret
1986 British Grand Prix
Ret
1986 German Grand Prix
8
1986 Hungarian Grand Prix
7
1986 Austrian Grand Prix
5
1986 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Portuguese Grand Prix
NC
1986 Mexican Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Australian Grand Prix
NC

References


  1. FIA Year Book of Automobile Sport 1979. Patrick Stephens Ltd.. white p. 44. ISBN 0850593204. 
  2. Glick, Shav. Los Angeles Times. "For Carl Haas, It's a Working Weekend The Only Fun in Racing Is Winning, Says the Man Who Runs Andretti's Team" 14 August 1986. http://proquest.umi.com.proxy.foley.gonzaga.edu:2048/pqdweb?index=7&did=64426615&SrchMode=1&sid=5&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1204189155&clientId=10553
  3. 3.0 3.1 Potter, Steve. New York Times "Can Am Struggling in Revival" 29 June 1980. http://proquest.umi.com.proxy.foley.gonzaga.edu:2048/pqdweb?index=22&did=935651911&SrchMode=1&sid=5&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1204188633&clientId=10553
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jackie Oliver (1974)
Can-Am Champion
1977
Succeeded by
Alan Jones (Formula 1)
Preceded by
Jacky Ickx
Can-Am Champion
1980
Succeeded by
Geoff Brabham
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