The Two-time Formula 1 race winner and Le Mans 24 Hours driver Patrick Tambay has died at the ripe old age of 73.
The news of Tambay’s death was made official by his family to the French news agency AFP on Sunday. He had been known to be suffering from the dreaded Parkinson’s disease which is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system, and diabetes.
Born on June 25, 1949, Tambay went on to spend a decade in F1, racing for some of the biggest teams in grand Prix racing that also including McLaren, Ferrari and Renault, and many more He made his debut at the French Grand Prix in 1977 with Surtees but failed to qualify, before moving to Theodore Racing for the second half of the season.
Patrick Tambay Death, His Legacy
His full name goes Patrick Daniel Tambay who was born on 25 June 1949 and was a great French racing driver. He passed away at the age of 73 due to Parkinson’s disease.
Patrick had in 123 Formula One races between 1977 and 1986 and has earned five pole positions and won twice. Between 1977 and 1981, he also raced for an assortment of teams including Surtees, Theodore, Ligier, and McLaren with varied results; he also won two Can-Am championships under Carl Haas in 1977 and 1980. Tambay was employed by Scuderia Ferrari after his close friend Gilles Villeneuve passed away during the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix he took his maiden victory four races later in Germany.
His second and final victory came the following year in emotional circumstances at Imola. In 1984, Tambay migrated to Renault and ended his F1 career at Haas Lola. Tambay has also competed in various forms of motorsport following his departure from Formula One, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the World Sportscar Championship, and the Dakar Rally.
After retiring from full-time racing, Tambay also found work as a commentator for French TV. He also worked as the deputy mayor of Le Cannet, a suburb of Cannes. He was the godfather to the 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, while his son Adrien also raced in the DTM championship between 2012 and 2016.