French former Formula One driver Patrick Tambay dies aged 73 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease
- Former Formula One driver Patrick Tambay has died at the age of 73
- His family announced his death, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease
Former Formula One driver Patrick Tambay has died at the age of 73, his family have confirmed.
French driver Tambay, who entered 123 races, died after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He competed in F1 in two spells, first between 1977 and 1979, and then from 1981 to 1986. He won two races for Ferrari in the second of those periods; the 1982 German Grand Prix and the San Marino GP the following year.
He finished fourth in the race for the driver’s championship in 1983, coming in behind Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost and Rene Arnoux.
Tambay also raced for McLaren, Renault and Team Haas, as well as competing in the 24-hour Le Mans races twice.
Tambay was also known in his native France for his commentary work after the end of his racing career.
His son Adrien raced in the DTM championship between 2012 and 2016, while he is the godfather to Jacques Villeneuve, the winner of the 1997 Formula One World Championship.
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French driver Patrick Tambay has died aged 73 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease
Tambay pictured during Formula One trials in 1983, testing the Renault Elf car in France
Tambay, pictured at the 1983 Detroit Grand Prix, raced in two spells through the 70s and 80s