After Gilles Villeneuve’s tragic death during practice for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, Patrick Tambay took his friend’s place at Ferrari in car number 27. In his fourth race, at Hockenheim, Tambay lifted his sombre team with his first Formula 1 win after Didier Pironi’s career-ending crash during practice. At Imola in 1983, Tambay produced another significant and emotionally charged win for the red 27, 12 months after Gilles had been infamously cheated out of victory by Pironi in what turned out to be his last race.
With the collaboration of long-time fan Massimo Burbo, Tambay tells the whole story of his Ferrari years in his new book for Evro, due to be published on 5 May. Watch this space for more details about the events and signings surrounding publication.
Meanwhile, here are a few words about the book from Alain Prost, who wrote the foreword: ‘The events of his time with Ferrari in 1982 and 1983 are revisited, supplemented by the fresh insights and previously private facts that Patrick has chosen to reveal all these years later. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of a story about two years that changed Patrick’s career – and his entire life. Read and enjoy.’