up against the wall …
Patrick Tambay’s Ferrari 126C3 engine cover standing against the Silverstone pit wall during the 1983 British Grand Prix
Here is a story about Patrick Tambay.
Apart from the emotional wreckage of winning the German grand prix the day after countryman and teammate Didier Pironi’s horrific career ending accident, months after inheriting good friend Gilles Villeneuve’s number 27, he also started in Gilles’ position on the grid at the 1983 San Marino grand prix. Somebody had painted an honour to Gilles in front of Patrick, and on a day where the tifosi were out en masse with signs of respect for the French-Canadian, Tambay won, beating pole sitter and team mate Rene Arnoux.
On a special day, Tambay was not afraid to admit he cried after taking the chequered flag.
Have I posted this before? Do I care if I have?
Niki and Didi. And judging by that mans hat between the two, I’d put this race at Imola in 1982. Yes, that San Marino Grand Prix. Y’know, the one where Didier didn’t follow unofficial team orders and incensed old mate Gilles so much. Shame. That was a dreadful year, wasn’t it?
oi Pironi! =)
a arte secular de lamber os beiços e todas morre.
Didier and Guy celebrating a Ligier victory.
Didier Pironi for Ligier, Brands Hatch, 1980.
Procar buddies :)
Nice bunch of lads there, I’m sure they’ll go far. I reckon one guy will become a GPS business magnate, one will become a jeweller, and the guy on the right I reckon will have some kind of presidential career.
The French Boys.
Featuring (from left to right): Jean-PIerre Jabouille, Jacques Laffite, Patrick Tambay, Patrick Depailler, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Rene Arnoux and Didier Pironi.
Not pictured, strangely, is the only French driver to win a world title: Alain Prost.