Patrick Tambay

 
Patrick Tambay is currently the deputy mayor of Le Cannet, a suburb of Cannes. |  He is godfather to 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve. |  His son Adrien is currently racing in the Formula BMW Eurocup. |  He is an avid and a talented skier. |  After retiring from racing, he took up the role of a commentator for a French television.

FACTFILE

Name: Patrick Tambay
DOB: Jun 25 1949
Place Of Birth: Paris
Nationality: French
Most Races For: Renault - 30
No. Of Races: 114
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PROFILE
Patrick Tambay

Patrick Tambay was born in Paris on 25th June, 1949. He graduated from the Paul Ricard circuit racing drivers’ school in 1971. In 1978, he made his debut in Formula One for Theodore Racing after winning the Can Am championship the year before. He impressed everyone that season after grabbing a couple of fifths, a sixth and a seventh.

Tambay got his first big break when he replaced Gilles Villenueve at McLaren in the following year.  After spending two uneventful seasons with McLaren, he returned to Can Am and won the championship twice in two attempts. He returned to Formula One in 1981 and raced for the French Ligier team but could not finish any race. In 1982, after the tragic death of Gilles Villeneuve, he was offered a place with Scuderia Ferrari. He won his first Grand Prix in Germany that year. He achieved his second and last victory in Imola the following year which was an emotional win in front of the tifosi.

The next season, he was dropped and then moved on to Renault. He spent an ordinary season with the French unit before competing in his last F1 season for the new Beatrice team in 1986.  After that he formed his own sport promotion company, drove for Jaguar in the Sports-Prototype World Championship and also had several outings in the Dakar Rally. He had some business commitments with the Larrousse team in 1994 with a friend but that lasted only till the end of the season.

Tambay accumulated a total of two wins, five podiums and 103 championship points from 123 races. He had a charming personality, was extremely talented and loved by all but some felt he lacked the killer instinct required to be successful in the racing fraternity.

-Saahil Desai


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STATISTICS
YEARS
YearTeamClaGPs WinsPolesPods FLsPts
1977Ensign17th700005
1978McLaren14th1500008
1979McLaren-1300000
1981Ligier, Theodore18th1400001
1982Ferrari7th6103025
1983Ferrari4th15145140
1984Renault11th15011111
1985Renault12th15002011
1986Lola15th1400002
Total 11425112103

Patrick Tambay - HEAD TO HEAD (TEAM-MATES)

Patrick Tambay - Season Performance

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  • Patrick Tambay is currently the deputy mayor of Le Cannet, a suburb of Cannes.
  • He is godfather to 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve.
  • His son Adrien is currently racing in the Formula BMW Eurocup.
  • He is an avid and a talented skier.
  • After retiring from racing, he took up the role of a commentator for a French television.

QUOTES ON PATRICK TAMBAY

Martin Brundle talking about a race at Monaco:
"Patrick Tambay overtook me there once in 1986 and ended up driving over my head and nearly flying over the wall and landing two corners down on the racetrack."



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