Patrick Tambay, the Frenchman who replaced Gilles Villeneuve at Ferrari after the Canadian great’s deadly accident in 1982, died on Sunday at the age of 73, according to his family. Tambay had Parkinson’s illness for a number of years. Tambay won two races with Ferrari, the 1982 German Grand Prix and the 1983 San Marino Grand Prix, and finished fourth in the 1983 world championship.
In a career full of race retirements, he started 114 championship Grand Prix and also raced for McLaren in 1978 and 1979 after making his debut in 1977 with Teddy Yip’s Hong Kong-owned Theodore Racing team.
Tambay retired in 1986 after two seasons with Renault and one with Haas Lola. “We are all truly saddened by the news of Patrick Tambay’s passing. He was a true 80s star, winning two races with the Scuderia and contributing to the manufacturers’ titles in 1982 and 1983” Ferrari said.
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