|Team(s)||Surtees, Theodore, McLaren, Ligier, Ferrari, Renault, Haas Lola|
|Races||123 (114 starts)|
|First race||1977 French Grand Prix|
|First win||1982 German Grand Prix|
|Last win||1983 San Marino Grand Prix|
|Last race||1986 Australian Grand Prix|
Patrick Tambay (born 25 June 1949 in Paris) is a French racing driver. He competed in 123 Formula One 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 continues in the series in 2007.
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, who were running an Ensign N177. Subsequently he raced with McLaren between 1978 and 1979, and then drove briefly for the Ligier Team. In 1982, he was offered a place with Ferrari after the death of Gilles Villeneuve. He won the German Grand Prix that year after Didier Pironi was injured in practice. He won his second and last Grand Prix in 1983 at Imola, 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 favour of Italian Michele Alboreto. Tambay moved to Renault, and then spent a year with the Haas Lola team before retiring in 1986.
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 in the Sports-Prototype World Championship and went on to finish fourth in the Le Mans 24 Hours. 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.
He is godfather to 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve.
Complete Formula One results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)