Patrick Tambay

1949 - 2022

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Patrick Daniel Tambay (French pronunciation: [pa.tʁik da.njɛl tɑ̃.bɛ]; 25 June 1949 – 4 December 2022) was a French racing driver, commentator, and politician, who competed in 123 Formula One races between 1977 and 1986, securing five pole positions and winning twice. He gained training as a racing driver at Winfield Racing School in France in 1971. Between 1977 and 1981, he raced for an assortment of teams including Surtees, Theodore, Ligier, and McLaren with mixed results; he additionally won two Can Am championships under Carl Haas in 1977 and 1980. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Patrick Tambay has received more than 329,794 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Patrick Tambay is the 70th most popular racing driver (up from 93rd in 2019), the 1,702nd most popular biography from France (up from 1,995th in 2019) and the 10th most popular French Racing Driver.

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Among racing drivers, Patrick Tambay ranks 70 out of 1,080Before him are Kimi Räikkönen, Louis Chiron, Riccardo Patrese, Maria Teresa de Filippis, Maurice Trintignant, and Colin McRae. After him are Michele Alboreto, Jean Alesi, José Froilán González, Mike Hailwood, Carlos Pace, and Jochen Mass.

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Among people born in 1949, Patrick Tambay ranks 103Before him are Alan García, Émerson Leão, Lasse Virén, Elizabeth George, Valentina Matviyenko, and Gregg Popovich. After him are Carlos Bianchi, Hamida Djandoubi, Leopoldo Luque, Andy Kaufman, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Fernando Collor de Mello. Among people deceased in 2022, Patrick Tambay ranks 93Before him are A. B. Yehoshua, David Sassoli, Margaret Keane, Evaristo Carvalho, Coolio, and Paul Veyne. After him are Thierry Mugler, Just Jaeckin, Hannah Pick-Goslar, Pierre Soulages, Michel Bouquet, and Cláudio Hummes.

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Among people born in France, Patrick Tambay ranks 1,702 out of 6,770Before him are Lolo Ferrari (1963), Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848), Fulk IV, Count of Anjou (1043), Henri Cornet (1884), Paul Veyne (1930), and Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon (1491). After him are Marie Casimire Louise de La Grange d'Arquien (1641), Cabu (1938), Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon (1675), Alice Prin (1901), Tarrare (1772), and Charles II Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers (1609).


Among racing drivers born in France, Patrick Tambay ranks 10Before him are Didier Pironi (1952), René Arnoux (1948), Jacques Laffite (1943), Patrick Depailler (1944), Michèle Mouton (1951), and Maurice Trintignant (1917). After him are Jean Alesi (1964), Jean-Louis Schlesser (1948), Jean-Pierre Beltoise (1937), Pierre Levegh (1905), Guy Ligier (1930), and Thierry Sabine (1949).