Patrick Tambay

Patrick Daniel Tambay[1] (born 25 June 1949 in Paris) is a French former 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.

Patrick Tambay
Pensive Patrick (Tambay)
Tambay in 1985
Born25 June 1949 (age 70)
Paris, France
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityFrance French
Active years19771979, 19811986
TeamsSurtees, Theodore, McLaren, Ligier, Ferrari, Renault, Haas Lola
Entries123 (114 starts)
Championships0
Wins2
Podiums11
Career points103
Pole positions5
Fastest laps2
First entry1977 French Grand Prix
First win1982 German Grand Prix
Last win1983 San Marino Grand Prix
Last entry1986 Australian Grand Prix

Career

Tambay Renault RE50 1984 Dallas F1
Tambay at the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix where, like many others, he retired after hitting a wall.
1985 European GP Tambay
Tambay during practice for the 1985 European Grand Prix

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. The team, in collaboration with Ensign, was running their N177 chassis. The showings proved fruitful as he moved to McLaren to race Formula One full-time for the 1978 and 1979 seasons. In 1980, he returned to Can Am with the Lola team run by Carl Haas, immediately winning early in the season[3] and then winning his second Can-Am championship.

In 1981 he returned to F1, first driving for the Theodore team then finishing the season with Ligier. In 1982, he was offered a place with the Scuderia Ferrari after the death of his close friend Gilles Villeneuve. He won his first Grand Prix at the German Grand Prix that year after Didier Pironi was injured in practice. The German GP was just his fourth race for the Maranello based team. He took his second and last Grand Prix win 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 after Riccardo Patrese crashed out of the lead with only 6 laps to go. He was dropped by the team in 1984 in favor of Italian Michele Alboreto. Tambay moved to Renault, 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 in the World Sportscar 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. His son Adrien raced in the DTM championship between 2012 and 2016.

Racing record

Complete European Formula Two Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Pts
1974 Ecurie Elf Alpine A367 BMW BAR
10
HOC
5
PAU
Ret
SAL
4
HOC
Ret
MUG
NC
KAR
Ret
PER
Ret
HOC
4
VAL
4
7th 11
1975 March Engineering March 752 BMW EST
Ret
THR
2
HOC
Ret
NÜR
2
PAU
Ret
HOC
Ret
SAL
15
ROU
2
MUG
Ret
PER
Ret
SIL
4
ZOL
2
NOG
1
VAL
Ret
2nd 36
1976 Automobiles Martini Martini Mk 19 Renault HOC
3
THR
3
VAL
2
SAL
3
PAU
Ret
HOC
3
ROU
Ret
MUG
3
PER
Ret
EST
16
NOG
1
HOC
DSQ
3rd 39
1977 Ardmore Racing Chevron B40 Hart SIL THR HOC NÜR VAL PAU
Ret
MUG ROU
Ret
NOG PER MIS EST DON NC 0
1978 Chevron Cars Chevron B42 Hart THR HOC NÜR PAU
6
MUG VAL ROU DON NOG PER MIS HOC NC 0

Graded drivers not eligible for European Formula Two Championship points

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Pts
1977 Team Surtees Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 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 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 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 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M28 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Ret
RSA
10
USW
Ret
ESP
13
NC 0
McLaren M26 BRA
Ret
BEL
DNQ
McLaren M28B MON
DNQ
McLaren M28C FRA
10
GBR
7
McLaren M29 GER
Ret
AUT
10
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
1981 Theodore Racing Team Theodore TY01 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 USW
6
BRA
10
ARG
Ret
SMR
11
BEL
DNQ
MON
7
ESP
13
19th 1
Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier JS17 Matra MS81 3.0 V12 FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
CPL
Ret
1982 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 126C2 Ferrari 021 1.5 V6t RSA BRA USW SMR BEL MON DET CAN NED
8
GBR
3
FRA
4
GER
1
AUT
4
SUI
DNS
ITA
2
CPL
DNS
7th 25
1983 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 126C2/B Ferrari 021 1.5 V6t BRA
5
USW
Ret
FRA
4
SMR
1
MON
4
BEL
2
DET
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 EF4 1.5 V6t BRA
5
RSA
Ret
BEL
7
SMR
Ret
FRA
2
MON
Ret
CAN
WD
DET
Ret
DAL
Ret
GBR
8
GER
5
AUT
Ret
NED
6
ITA
Ret
EUR
Ret
POR
7
11th 11
1985 Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE60 Renault EF4B 1.5 V6t BRA
5
POR
3
SMR
3
MON
Ret
CAN
7
DET
Ret
12th 11
Renault RE60B Renault EF15 1.5 V6t 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 415T 1.5 L4t BRA
Ret
ESP
8
SMR
Ret
15th 2
Lola THL2 Ford Cosworth GBA 1.5 V6t MON
Ret
BEL
Ret
CAN
DNS
DET FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
8
HUN
7
AUT
5
ITA
Ret
POR
NC
MEX
Ret
AUS
NC

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1976 France Renault Sport France Jean-Pierre Jabouille
France José Dolhem
Renault Alpine A442 S
3.0
135 DNF DNF
1977 France Équipe Renault Elf France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Renault Alpine A442 S 3.0 158 DNF DNF
1981 France Oceanic Jean Rondeau France Henri Pescarolo Rondeau M379-Ford Cosworth 2
+2.0
41 DNF DNF
1989 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Netherlands Jan Lammers
United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert-Scott
Jaguar XJR-9LM C1 380 4th 4th

References

  1. ^ FIA Year Book of Automobile Sport 1979. Patrick Stephens Ltd. white p. 44. ISBN 0-85059-320-4.
  2. ^ Shav Glick. 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://search.proquest.com/docview/292117161
  3. ^ a b Potter, Steve. New York Times "Can Am Struggling in Revival" 29 June 1980.http://search.proquest.com/docview/423943182

Bibliography

  • Burbi, Massimo; Tambay, Patrick (2016). 27: Patrick Tambay - The Ferrari Years. Evro Publishing. ISBN 1910505129.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jackie Oliver (1974)
Can-Am Champion
1977
Succeeded by
Alan Jones
Preceded by
Jacky Ickx
Can-Am Champion
1980
Succeeded by
Geoff Brabham
1976 European Formula Two Championship

The 1976 European Formula Two season was contested over 12 rounds. Équipe Elf Switzerland driver Jean-Pierre Jabouille clinched the championship title.

1981 French Grand Prix

The 1981 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Dijon on 5 July 1981. It was the eighth race of the 1981 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 80-lap race was won by Alain Prost, driving a Renault. On home soil, Prost scored the first of an eventual 51 Grand Prix victories, in a race that was stopped after 58 laps due to heavy rain and then restarted, with aggregate times determining the final positions. John Watson finished second in his McLaren-Ford, while Nelson Piquet, who had been leading in his Brabham-Ford when the race was stopped, finished third.

Prior to the race, Jean-Pierre Jabouille decided to retire from Formula One, having not fully recovered from the leg injuries he had sustained in Canada the previous year. His place at Ligier was taken for the rest of the season by Patrick Tambay, who moved from Theodore.

1982 British Grand Prix

The 1982 British Grand Prix (formally the XXXV Marlboro British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch on 18 July 1982. It was the tenth race of the 1982 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 76-lap race was won by Niki Lauda, driving a McLaren-Ford, after he started from fifth position. Didier Pironi finished second in a Ferrari, while teammate Patrick Tambay achieved his first podium finish by coming third. Pironi took over the lead of the Drivers' Championship from Lauda's teammate, John Watson, who spun off on the third lap.

1982 Dutch Grand Prix

The 1982 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zandvoort on 3 July 1982. The race, contested over 72 laps, was the ninth race of the 1982 Formula One season and was won by Didier Pironi, driving a Ferrari, with Nelson Piquet second in a Brabham-BMW and Keke Rosberg third in a Williams-Ford.

René Arnoux started from pole position, but he crashed out at the notorious Tarzan Corner when his Renault's throttle stuck open and he hit the tyre barriers. Arnoux walked away from the crash unharmed.

This was the first Grand Prix after the death of Riccardo Paletti three weeks earlier in Montreal. This was also the final win of Didier Pironi's Formula One career at this race.

Ferrari entered Patrick Tambay to replace Gilles Villeneuve, who had been killed during qualifying a few race weekends prior, at the Belgian Grand Prix.

1982 German Grand Prix

The 1982 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheimring on 8 August 1982. It was won by Patrick Tambay for Scuderia Ferrari.

1982 Italian Grand Prix

The 1982 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 12 September 1982. This was the final pole position, podium, finish, and points for 1978 World Champion Mario Andretti at this race. René Arnoux won the race. Arnoux announced he would be a Ferrari driver the following season. Arnoux finished ahead of his Ferrari teammate in 1983 Patrick Tambay, and Mario Andretti in the second Ferrari finished third. John Watson's fourth place put him 9 points behind Keke Rosberg with an outside chance of winning the Drivers' Title at the final race at Caesars Palace, where Ferrari, McLaren, and Renault would battle for the Constructors' Title.

1983 Austrian Grand Prix

The 1983 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Österreichring on 14 August 1983. It was the eleventh race of the 1983 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 53-lap race was won by Alain Prost, driving a factory Renault, with Drivers' Championship rivals René Arnoux and Nelson Piquet second and third in a Ferrari and a Brabham-BMW respectively. With the win, Prost extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship to 14 points with four races remaining. However, this would turn out to be the final victory for the original factory Renault team.

1983 Belgian Grand Prix

The 1983 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 22 May 1983. It was the first Belgian Grand Prix to be held at Spa since 1970 and the first on the modern Spa circuit, and was also the sixth race of the 1983 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 40-lap race was won from pole position by Alain Prost, driving a factory Renault. Patrick Tambay finished second in a Ferrari, with Eddie Cheever third in the other Renault. The race marked the debut of local driver and future race winner Thierry Boutsen.

1983 British Grand Prix

The 1983 British Grand Prix (formally the XXXVI Marlboro British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 16 July 1983. It was the ninth race of the 1983 FIA Formula One World Championship. The 67-lap race was won by Renault driver Alain Prost after he started from third position. Nelson Piquet finished second for the Brabham team and Ferrari driver Patrick Tambay came in third.

1983 Canadian Grand Prix

The 1983 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on 12 June 1983. The race, contested over 70 laps, was the eighth race of the 1983 FIA Formula One World Championship and was won from pole position by René Arnoux, driving a Ferrari. Eddie Cheever finished second in a Renault, with Arnoux's teammate Patrick Tambay third.

1983 Dutch Grand Prix

The 1983 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zandvoort on 28 August 1983. It was the twelfth race of the 1983 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 72-lap race was won by René Arnoux, driving a Ferrari, with team-mate Patrick Tambay second and John Watson third in a McLaren-Ford. Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet collided midway through the race while challenging for the lead, allowing Arnoux to move into second in the Drivers' Championship, eight points behind Prost. However, this would turn out to be Arnoux's last Formula One victory.

Derek Warwick finished fourth to score his and the Toleman team's first points. Mauro Baldi in the Alfa Romeo and Michele Alboreto in the Tyrrell completed the top six.

The race saw McLaren debut the new Porsche-built TAG turbo engine. Niki Lauda drove the TAG-powered MP4/1E car, while Watson continued with the Ford-powered MP4/1C. However, Lauda could only qualify 19th, four places behind Watson, and retired on lap 26 with a brake failure. Watson's third place was the last time a car with a naturally aspirated engine would legally finish on a Formula One podium until the 1988 Canadian Grand Prix.

1983 French Grand Prix

The 1983 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Paul Ricard on April 17, 1983.

French driver Alain Prost won the race for the Renault team, and this was the French marque's 3rd French Grand Prix win in a row and the 4th in 5 seasons. Second was the Brabham-BMW of 1981 World Champion Nelson Piquet, with Prost's Renault teammate Eddie Cheever finishing third. Rounding out the points finishers were Patrick Tambay in his Ferrari, and the non-turbo Williamses of Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite. This was the final time that both Renault cars started on the front row until the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix, when young Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli started on the front row.

1983 San Marino Grand Prix

The 1983 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Imola on 1 May 1983. It was the fourth race of the 1983 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Frenchman Patrick Tambay took a popular victory in his Ferrari in front of a delighted Tifosi. Driving the #27 car, Tambay dedicated his win to the man he had replaced in the Ferrari team, the late Gilles Villeneuve. It was almost a perfect weekend for the Maranello-based team with René Arnoux qualifying on pole and finishing third. Renault's Alain Prost finished in second place, passing Arnoux with three laps left after the #28 Ferrari spun at the Acque Minerali chicane.

Brabham driver Riccardo Patrese had taken the lead from Tambay with six laps remaining, but only held the lead for half a lap before crashing at Acque Minerali. Showing their love for Ferrari more than for an Italian driver in a non-Italian car, the Tifosi cheered as Patrese handed the lead back to Tambay.

This would be the last time that Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari saw his Formula One team score a victory in person. Enzo never attended races outside Italy at the time, and Ferrari would not win on Italian soil again until after Enzo died in 1988.

1983 South African Grand Prix

The 1983 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami on 15 October 1983. It was the final race of the 1983 Formula One season.

Before the race, three drivers were still in a position to win the World Drivers' Championship: Alain Prost (Renault) led the championship with 57 points, followed by Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW) with 55 and René Arnoux (Ferrari) with 49. Piquet qualified second, behind Patrick Tambay (Ferrari) in pole position and ahead of Riccardo Patrese (Brabham), Arnoux and Prost in third, fourth and fifth. At the start Piquet passed Tambay to take the lead, with Patrese moving into second place. Arnoux retired with engine failure on lap 9. Prost fought his way up to third place, but he also retired on lap 35 with turbo failure. Needing only to finish fourth or higher, Piquet slowed and was overtaken by Patrese, Niki Lauda (McLaren) and Andrea de Cesaris (Alfa Romeo). Lauda's engine failed on lap 71. The race finished with Patrese in first place, de Cesaris in second and Piquet in third, and Piquet won the championship by two points. Ferrari won the Constructors' Championship despite not finishing in the points in the last race for the second consecutive year. John Watson, completing his last full Formula One season, was disqualified for overtaking other cars on the parade lap.

1984 French Grand Prix

The 1984 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Dijon on 20 May 1984. It was race 5 of 16 in the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship.

This was the final Formula One race to be held at the 3.801 km (2.362 mi) Dijon-Prenois circuit, as it was deemed too short by governing body FISA. Fittingly in France, Frenchman Patrick Tambay, in the all-French team (French car, French engine, French tyres and French fuel) scored the Equipe Renault team's last pole position.

Double World Champion Niki Lauda won the race in his McLaren-TAG, his first win in France since 1975. Tambay finished second in his Renault RE50, with the Lotus-Renault of Nigel Mansell third. Lauda's team-mate and World Championship leader, Alain Prost, could only manage seventh after he was forced to pit to change a loose wheel.

Andrea de Cesaris failed to qualify his Ligier, but nonetheless started the race and finished tenth. De Cesaris' Friday qualifying time was disallowed when his car's onboard fire extinguisher was found to be empty, before rain in the Saturday session prevented him from setting a time fast enough to make the grid. Ligier took the bizarre step of withdrawing their second car, driven by François Hesnault (who had qualified 14th), in order to allow de Cesaris to start 26th and last.

1984 German Grand Prix

The 1984 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheimring on 5 August 1984. It was race 11 of 16 in the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 44-lap race was won by Alain Prost, driving a McLaren-TAG, who also took pole position and set the fastest lap. Teammate Niki Lauda finished second, completing McLaren's second 1-2 finish of the season, while Derek Warwick was third in a Renault, which would turn out to be the final podium finish of his career. Nigel Mansell (Lotus-Renault), Patrick Tambay (Renault) and René Arnoux (Ferrari) rounded out the top six.

1985 Portuguese Grand Prix

The 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held in Estoril on 21 April 1985. It was the second round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship and was won by Ayrton Senna from pole position, taking both his first pole position and win in the process. Senna demonstrated his proficiency in wet conditions by finishing the race at least one lap ahead of every car except second-place finisher Michele Alboreto.

1985 San Marino Grand Prix

The 1985 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Imola on 5 May 1985. It was the third race of the 1985 Formula One World Championship. The 60-lap race was won by Elio de Angelis, driving a Lotus-Renault, after McLaren driver Alain Prost had been disqualified for being underweight. Thierry Boutsen was second in an Arrows-BMW, with Patrick Tambay third in a factory Renault.

McLaren M28

The McLaren M28 is a Formula One racing car built and run by McLaren in the 1979 Formula One World Championship. Powered by a naturally-aspirated Ford Cosworth 3-litre engine, the M28 was designed and wind tunnel tested during the latter half of 1978, at around the same time as Ronnie Peterson was mooted to join the team for the following season. The car was noticeably larger than contemporary designs and was much bulkier looking. Three chassis were built. The bulky design had a sharp impact on top speed, and the car was one of the slowest through speed traps. The car first appeared on track in October 1978.During initial testing, the M28 was soon found to have problems with poor grip as its ground effect design proved not particularly effective. Lead driver John Watson has described the car as "a disaster." Patrick Tambay was even less enthused by the M28, labelling it "a shitbox." The car suffered from a lack of torsional rigidity and a poor understanding of the ground effect aerodynamics required to be competitive against the new generation of F1 cars. McLaren boss Teddy Mayer was shocked at the car's lack of performance, stating that designer Gordon Coppuck had dropped the ball. The M28 was completely redesigned, but there was no improvement in performance. Efforts to resolve the car's problems had made the M28 overweight and slow. However, it was still the preferred chassis over its predecessor, the McLaren M26, and was used during the first half of the 1979 season until a better design could be introduced. As their rivals introduced better cars through the season McLaren rapidly slipped out of the running for the championship. However, it was driven to third in the opening race of the season, the 1979 Argentine Grand Prix, by Watson, who also took sixth in Belgium and fourth at Monaco. Its second driver was Patrick Tambay.

In addition to the McLaren team's customary red and white Marlboro sponsorship livery, the M28 also raced in the colours of German beer company Löwenbräu at the 1979 United States Grand Prix West.

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