How did Patrick Tambay die? Two time F1 race winner cause of death explained

Patrick Tambay

Patrick Tambay, who participated in 114 F1 Grands Prix with two victories during the 1970s and 1980s, passed away on Sunday at the age of 73. Let’s see how did two time F1 race winner die and Patrick Tambay cause of death in detail.

How did Patrick Daniel Tambay die?

Patrick Tambay’s family revealed on Sunday that the former Formula 1 driver has passed away at the age of 73 after a protracted illness. 

Tambay, one of whose children, Adrien, also became a racing driver, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years. Tambay competed in Formula 5000 at the beginning of his career with the Carl Haas team. 

Patrick made his Formula One debut with Surtees in 1977 after winning the Can-Am title with Haas. He drove in just one session at the 1977 French Grand Prix before completing the rest of the season with Theodore. Tributes flooded in social media after the demise news of Patrick Daniel broke out.

Stefano Domenicali, President, and CEO of Formula 1 also paid tribute to Tambay. “I am saddened by the news that Patrick Tambay has passed away,” he said. “He was a great talent and ambassador for Formula 1 throughout his life. We will all miss him deeply and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Patrick Tambay cause of death

French racing driver, commentator, and politician, Patrick Daniel Tambay has died from an illness. Patrick Tambay cause of death was Parkinson’s disease.

He participated in 123 Grands Prix for the Formula One World Championship, winning twice, earning five pole positions, and accruing 103 Championship points in total. 

Patrick took his first triumph at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, to count to a third place at Brands Hatch. He also secured impassioned second place on Ferrari’s home turf at Monza, while carrying Villeneuve’s famous number 27 on his car. He delighted the tifosi again the next year by seizing triumph in the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.

Ferrari paid tribute to their former driver, calling him “one of the true stars of the 80s”.

After retiring from racing he worked as a commentator for French television and also served as deputy mayor of Le Cannet in southern France. He was also godfather of 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve.

Who was Patrick Daniel Tambay?

Tambay, a Paris native who competed in 123 Grands Prix, finished fourth in the 1983 world championship and retired in 1986 with five pole positions to his credit.

After beginning with Formula Renault and F2, the Parisian junior ski champion entered Formula One in 1977 with the Theodore Racing team (2nd in the Championship in 1975, 3rd in 1976). 

He made 114 starts over nine seasons with prominent teams such as McLaren (1978, 1979), Ferrari (1982, 1983), and Renault (1984, 1985). He had 2 victories (German GP 1982 and GP of Saint -Marin 1983 with the Scuderia) and 11 podiums, as well as 5 poles.

Tambay, the godfather of Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve, also raced in the CanAm Championship in the late 1970s and early 1980s (he was champion twice, in 1977 and 1980) and competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times, with a fourth-place finish in 1989. 

At the end of the 1980s, he also participated in a number of Paris-Dakar events. He worked as a consultant for the GPs of F1, particularly for RMC Sport, after his racing career.

Tributes to Patrick Tambay

Scuderia Ferrari tweeted,


We are all truly saddened by the news of the passing of Patrick Tambay. He was one of the true stars of the 80s winning two races with the Scuderia and contributing to winning the Manufacturers’ titles in 1982 and 1983. 

F1 Media tweeted,

Stefano Domenicali: I am saddened by the news that Patrick Tambay has passed away. He was a great talent and ambassador for Formula 1 throughout his life. We will all miss him deeply and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time.

F1AlmostMovesandTransferRumours tweeted,

Patrick Tambay passed away today. He was such an iconic figure in the 80s, having the difficult task to fill Gilles Villeneuve’s shoes at Ferrari after the Canadian’s tragic accident. It’s fair to say he was worthy of the nr.27 car. And now the two friends can reunite…

Will Buxton tweeted,

Saddened to hear of the passing of Patrick Tambay. One of the first interviews I ever had as a journalist 20 years ago and as was his way, he couldn’t have been more charming or giving of his time. A legend of the sport.

Motor Sport magazine tweeted,

Patrick Tambay sadly passed away at the age of 73. The former Ferrari, McLaren, and Renault F1 driver started 114 GPs, winning two. Motor Sport sends its sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Colin Johnston tweeted,

Farewell Patrick Tambay. A hero from my first years following the sport, and the subject of the most poignant ‘driver announcement’ photo. RIP


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