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Gabriele Tarquini


Gabriele Tarquini WTCC 2006 Curitiba.jpg
Gabriele Tarquini
Caption Gabriele Tarquini in 2006, as a WTCC driver
Nationality 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian
Years 1987 - 1995
Team(s) Osella, Coloni, AGS, Fondmetal, Tyrrell
Races 78 (38 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Points 1
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1987 San Marino Grand Prix
First win
Last win
Last race 1995 European Grand Prix


Gabriele Tarquini (born March 2, 1962) is a racing driver from Italy. He participated in 78 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on May 3, 1987. He scored 1 championship point, and holds the record for the most failed attempts to pre-qualify, mainly because he was a regular in the pre-qualifying era, usually in cars which were so slow as to struggle to qualify.

Formula One

Osella (1987)

He made a debut for Osella at the 1987 San Marino Grand Prix.

Coloni (1988)

He joined Coloni for 1988 and started 8 of the 16 races, often failing to qualify due to the other slow cars all being exempt from pre-qualifying. His best result was 6th in Mexico.

FIRST & AGS (1989 - 1991)

Tarquini signed to drive for the FIRST team, but when their car failed crash tests, he started 1989 without a ride but joined AGS after Philippe Streiff's career-ending testing crash. He came 6th in Mexico and often threatened to score points, running 4th at the Monaco Grand Prix and 6th in the United States. He remained with the team until late 1991, by which time it was totally uncompetitive and on the verge of folding.

Fondmetal (1992)

He moved to Fondmetal, and showed pace for them, scoring a major upset in Belgium by outqualifying Ivan Capelli's Ferrari. This team too soon folded.

Tyrrell (1995)

He was signed up by Tyrrell for the 1995 season and was their test driver. He replaced Ukyo Katayama for the European round as the Japanese driver was injured. But after finishing 14th, Tarquini's Formula One career was over.

Touring Cars

By this time he had switched to Touring Cars, winning the BTCC title in 1994 in an Alfa Romeo featuring controversial aerodynamic enhancements. He started races in both the British and Italian Touring Car Championship in 1995, and was also in the BTCC for David Richards' Honda team in the late 1990s, taking 4 further victories, as well as racing in Germany's STW Cup and the Belgian Procar series, before switching to the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) with considerable success, remaining as it became the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in 2005. At present he drives a SEAT León in the WTCC.

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Yr Entrnt Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1987 Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1G Alfa Romeo V8 t/c BRA
SMR
Ret
BEL
MON
USE
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
AUT
ITA
POR
ESP
MEX
JPN
AUS
- 0
1988 Coloni SpA Coloni FC188 Cosworth V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
MEX
14
CAN
8
USE
DNQ
FRA
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
HUN
13
BEL
NC
- 0
Coloni FC188B ITA
DNQ
POR
11
ESP
DNQ
JPN
DNQ
AUS
DNQ
1989 Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH23B Cosworth V8 BRA
SMR
8
MON
Ret
MEX
6
USA
7
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GER
DNPQ
26th 1
AGS JH24 GBR
DNQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
POR
DNPQ
ESP
DNPQ
JPN
DNPQ
AUS
DNPQ
1990 Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH24 Cosworth V8 USA
DNPQ
BRA
DNPQ
- 0
AGS JH25 SMR
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
FRA
DNQ
GBR
Ret
GER
DNPQ
HUN
13
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
POR
DNPQ
ESP
Ret
JPN
DNQ
AUS
Ret
1991 Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH25 Cosworth V8 USA
8
BRA
Ret
SMR
DNQ
MON
Ret
CAN
DQ
MEX
DNQ
- 0
AGS JH25B FRA
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
HUN
DNQ
BEL
DNPQ
AGS JH27 ITA
DNPQ
POR
DNQ
Fondmetal F1 SpA Fomet F1 ESP
12
JPN
11
AUS
DNPQ
1992 Fondmetal F1 SpA Fondmetal GR01 Ford V8 RSA
Ret
MEX
Ret
BRA
Ret
ESP
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
- 0
Fondmetal GR02 CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
14
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
JPN
AUS
1995 Nokia Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 023 Yamaha V10 BRA
ARG
SMR
ESP
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
POR
EUR
14
PAC
JPN
AUS
- 0