Gabriele Tarquini  Italy

  • Full name Gabriele Tarquini
  • Birth date March 2, 1962
  • Birthplace Giulianova, Italy
  • Current age 52 years 242 days
  • Teams AGS, Coloni, Fondmetal, Osella, Tyrrell
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1987 Osella 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 25 0 0 0 -
1988 Coloni 16 8 0 0 4 8 0 0 17 0 0 0 -
1989 AGS 15 6 0 0 3 6 0 0 13 0 0 1 27
1990 AGS 16 4 0 0 1 13 0 0 22 0 0 0 -
1991 AGS, Fondmetal 16 5 0 0 3 8 0 0 20 0 0 0 -
1992 Fondmetal 13 13 0 0 1 14 0 0 11 0 0 0 -
1995 Tyrrell 1 1 0 0 1 14 0 0 19 0 0 0 -
Total 78 38 0 0 13 6 0 0 11 0 0 1
Race Circuit Date
First race San Marino Grand Prix Imola May 3, 1987 Race results
Last race European Grand Prix Nürburgring October 1, 1995 Race results
Profile

Hugely under-rated, Gabriele Tarquini never had a Formula One car to match his ability. He caused a sensation in 1985 when, as reigning World Karting Champion, he went straight to Formula 3000 and became a front-runner.

Yet it wasn't until 1987 that he got to Formula One, initially with Osella and then Coloni. Drafted in at AGS to replace the injured Philippe Streiff in 1989, he scored a point at Mexico, but AGS slipped further down the grid over the next two years. He drove for Fondmetal in 1992, but success was thwarted by financial problems, and the team dropped out of Formula One.

He left Formula one with 38 starts from 78 races entered, but earned an unwanted place in history by failing to pre-qualify 24 times, a record he seems destined to keep for a long time.

He enjoyed considerable success in other forms of motorsport, winning the British touring car title in 1994 for Alfa Romeo and the European title for Alfa Romeo in 2003. He also won the WTCC championship in 2009, finishing second in the year before and after.

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June 30, 1989

Italian driver Gabriele Tarquini

August 28, 1988

Gabriele Tarquini in the Coloni FC188 in Belgium

     

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