Patrick Tambay, former Ferrari Formula 1 driver, has died

The Frenchman, who suffered from Parkinson’s, died at the age of 73. He raced with the Cavallino in 1982 (taking the place of the deceased Gilles Villeneuve) and in 1983, bringing back his only two victories in the top series with the red

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Former racing driver Patrick Tambay has died, aged 73. The family made it known. Born in Paris, he raced for a good part of his career in Formula 1. For two years he was behind the wheel of Ferrari, with which he achieved his best results: in 1982 the first podium (third in Great Britain) and the first victory ( in France), which he dedicated to Gilles Villeneuve. The following year he did it again at Imola, in the San Marino GP. He also raced for McLaren and Renault. He won the CanAm North American Championship twice (1977 and 1980). He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years. Ferrari posted a message of condolence via social media: “We are all truly saddened by the news of the passing of Patrick Tambay. He was one of the true protagonists of the 1980s, winning two races with the Scuderia and helping to win the Constructors’ title in 1982 and in 1983”.

instead of Gilles

Born in Paris on 25 June 1949, he made his F1 debut in 1977 with Ensign Ford and the Theodore team before moving to McLaren in 1978 and then to Ferrari in 1982, where he replaced the late Gilles Villeneuve, who died in the tragic accident at Zolder . The Cavallino was joined by another Frenchman, Didier Pironi, who was also the victim of a serious accident a few weeks after the one in Villeneuve, during qualifying for the German GP. Just in Germany, Tambay conquered the first victory of his career, psychologically recovering a Ferrari upset by the latest events. He finished that season in 7th place in the championship standings.

the passage in renault

In 1983 he won another GP, again with Ferrari and at Imola, finishing 4th in the championship, the best position in the standings in 9 F1 seasons. At the end of that season he left Ferrari and signed for Renault, a team with which he did not win races in the following two seasons. With the French team he conquered a pole position, precisely in France in 1984. But that adventure was not lucky, with 11th and 12th place in the two seasons faced.

gentleman pilot

Considered a “gentleman driver”, Tambay also took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times, his best result being a 4th place behind the wheel of a Jaguar in 1989. He also took part in the Paris-Dakar where he obtained two third places (1988 and 1989 ). In F1 he raced 114 GPs, won twice with 5 pole positions, 4 second and 5 third places and 2 fastest laps in the race.



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