2005 RENAULT DAYS
Patrick Tambay, posing with Carlos Ghys.
Patrick Tambay (born 25 June 1949 in Paris) was a French Formula One driver. In 2006, he will race in the inagural season of the Grand Prix Masters formula for retired Formula One drivers.
Initially, he raced with McLaren between 1978 and 1979, and then drove briefly for the Ligier Team. In 1982, he was offered a place with the Ferrari Formula One Racing Team after the death of Gilles Villeneuve. He won the German Grand Prix that year after Didier Pironi was injured in practice. He won his second and last Grand Prix in 1983 at Imola. He was dropped by the team in 1984 in favor of Italian Michele Alboreto. Tambay moved to Renault, and then spent a year with the Haas Beatrice Lola team before retiring in 1986.
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 Sports-Prototype World 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 Larousse F1 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 racing, Tambay remains a commentator for French television. He also serves as the deputy mayor of Le Cannet, a suburb of Cannes.