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Patrick Tambay

Patrick Tambay
Nationality 22px-Flag of France.png French
Years 1977- 1986
Team(s) Surtees, Theodore, McLaren, Ligier, Ferrari, Renault, Haas Lola
Races 123 (114 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 2
Podiums 11
Points 103
Poles 5
Fastest laps 2
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.

Career

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.

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.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (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 Team Surtees Surtees TS19 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
MON
BEL
SWE
FRA
DNQ
18th 5
Theodore Racing Hong Kong Ensign N177 GBR
Ret
GER
6
AUT
Ret
NED
5
ITA
Ret
USA
DNQ
CAN
5
JPN
Ret
1978 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M26 Cosworth V8 ARG
6
BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
USW
12
MON
7
BEL
ESP
Ret
SWE
4
FRA
9
GBR
6
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
9
ITA
5
USA
6
CAN
8
14th 8
1979 Löwenbräu Team McLaren McLaren M28 Cosworth V8 USW
Ret
- 0
Marlboro Team McLaren ARG
Ret
RSA
10
ESP
13
MON
DNQ
FRA
10
GBR
7
McLaren M26 BRA
Ret
BEL
DNQ
McLaren M29 GER
Ret
AUT
10
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
1981 Theodore Racing Team Theodore TY01 Cosworth V8 USW
6
BRA
10
ARG
Ret
SMR
11
BEL
DNQ
MON
7
ESP
13
19th 1
Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier JS17 Matra V12 FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
LVS
Ret
1982 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 126C2 Ferrari V6 t/c RSA
BRA
USW
SMR
BEL
MON
USE
CAN
NED
8
GBR
3
FRA
4
GER
1
AUT
4
SUI
DNS
ITA
2
LVS
DNS
7th 25
1983 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 126C2/B Ferrari V6 t/c BRA
5
USW
Ret
FRA
4
SMR
1
MON
4
BEL
2
USE
Ret
CAN
3
4th 40
Ferrari 126C3 GBR
3
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
2
ITA
4
EUR
Ret
RSA
Ret
1984 Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE50 Renault V6 t/c BRA
5
RSA
Ret
BEL
7
SMR
Ret
FRA
2
MON
Ret
CAN
DNS
USE
Ret
USA
Ret
GBR
8
GER
5
AUT
Ret
NE
6
ITA
Ret
EUR
Ret
POR
7
11th 11
1985 Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE60 Renault V6 t/c BRA
5
POR
3
SMR
3
MON
Ret
CAN
7
USA
Ret
12th 11
Renault RE60B FRA
6
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
10
NED
Ret
ITA
7
BEL
Ret
EUR
12
RSA
AUS
Ret
1986 Team Haas (USA) Ltd. Lola THL1 Hart
Str-4 t/c
BRA
Ret
ESP
8
SMR
Ret
15th 2
Lola THL2 Cosworth V6 t/c MON
Ret
BEL
Ret
CAN
DNS
USA
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
8
HUN
7
AUT
5
ITA
Ret
POR
NC
MEX
Ret
AUS
NC



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Personnel:
22px-Flag of France.png Jean Todt | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mario Almondo | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Stefano Domenicali | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Baldisseri
Current drivers:
22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella (Test Driver) 22px-Flag of Spain.png Marc Gené (Test Driver)
Notable Former drivers:
22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alberto Ascari | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Niki Lauda | 22px-Flag of South Africa.png Jody Scheckter | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Surtees | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Phil Hill | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Eddie Irvine | 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Alesi | 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Gerhard Berger | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto | 22px-Flag of France.png René Arnoux | 22px-Flag of France.png Patrick Tambay | 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Gilles Villeneuve | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Carlos Reutemann | 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Clay Regazzoni | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti | 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx | 22px-Flag of Germany.png Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Lorenzo Bandini
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