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Gabriele Tarquini
Nationality Italy Italian
Date of birth March 2, 1962 (1962-03-02) (age 48)
Place of birth Giulianova
2010 World Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2005
Current team SR-Sport
Car no. 1
Former teams SEAT Sport
Alfa Romeo
Starts 109
Wins 11
Poles 10
Fastest laps 11
Best finish 1st in 2009
Previous series
2002-04
2000-01
1998-99
1996
1994-95, 97, 99-2000
1989, 92-93, 95
19871992, 1995
1985-87
1987
1983-84
ETCC
European Super Touring
German Super Touring
ITC
BTCC
Italian Superturismo
Formula One
International F3000
WTCC
Italian F3
Championship titles
2009
2003
1994
WTCC
ETCC
BTCC
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 19871995
Teams Osella, Coloni, AGS, Fondmetal, Tyrrell
Races 78 (38 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 1
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1987 San Marino Grand Prix
Last race 1995 European Grand Prix

Gabriele Tarquini (born in Giulianova, March 2, 1962) is a racing driver from Italy. He participated in 78 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on May 3, 1987. He scored 1 championship point, and holds the record for the most failed attempts to qualify. He has subsequently raced successfully in Touring Cars, winning the BTCC in 1994, the ETCC in 2003 and the WTCC in 2009.

On 22 November 2009, he won the 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship title at the age of 47 years and 266 days. Then, he has become the oldest FIA World Champion ever, breaking Juan Manuel Fangio's record of being the oldest FIA Formula One World Drivers' Champion (46 years and 41 days).[1][2][3]

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Formula One

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Osella (1987)

He made a debut for Osella at the 1987 San Marino Grand Prix.

Coloni (1988)

He joined Coloni for 1988 and started 8 of the 16 races, often failing to qualify due to the other slow cars all being exempt from pre-qualifying.

FIRST & AGS (1989–1991)

Tarquini signed to drive for the FIRST team, but when their car failed crash tests, he started 1989 without a ride but joined AGS after Philippe Streiff's career-ending testing crash. He came 6th in Mexico and often threatened to score points, running 4th at the Monaco Grand Prix and 6th in the United States. He remained with the team until late 1991, by which time it was totally uncompetitive and on the verge of folding.

Fondmetal (1992)

He moved to Fondmetal, and showed pace for them, scoring a major upset in Belgium by outqualifying Ivan Capelli's Ferrari. This team too soon folded.

Tyrrell (1995)

He was signed up by Tyrrell for the 1995 season and was their test driver. He replaced Ukyo Katayama for the European round as the Japanese driver was injured. But after finishing 14th, Tarquini's Formula One career was over.

Tarquini failed to pre-qualify on a record 25 occasions (out of a total of 40 failures to qualify), mainly because he was a regular in the pre-qualifying era, usually in cars which were so slow as to struggle to qualify.

Touring Cars

Tarquini moved to the British Touring Car Championship in 1994, winning the title at the first attempt in an Alfa Romeo featuring controversial aerodynamic enhancements. He started races in both the British and Italian Touring Car Championship in 1995, and was also in the BTCC for David Richards' Honda team in the late 1990s, taking 4 further victories, as well as racing in Germany's STW Cup and the Belgian Procar series. He switched to the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) with considerable success, winning it for Alfa Romeo in 2003.

WTCC

Alfa Romeo (2005)

He remained with Alfa Romeo as the ETCC became the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in 2005. He finished seventh overall, with two victories.

Tarquini driving the SEAT Léon at Brands Hatch in the 2008 WTCC season.

SEAT (2006–)

He moved to SEAT Sport for 2006, finishing fifth in the championship, with one win. He finished 8th in the standings in 2007, winning just one race. 2008 saw considerable improvement for Tarquini as he finished runner-up in the championship to Yvan Muller winning three races. His biggest success of his career came in 2009 when he won the WTCC championship at the last race of the year in Macau.

SEAT withdrew from the WTCC for 2010, but helped to introduce the new semi-works SR-Sport team, with whom Tarquini will attempt to retain his crown. He got his title defence off to a strong start with a victory in the second race at the Race of Brazil.

Racing Record

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1987 Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1G Alfa Romeo V8 t/c BRA
SMR
Ret
BEL
MON
DET
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
AUT
ITA
POR
ESP
MEX
JPN
AUS
NC 0
1988 Coloni SpA Coloni FC188 Cosworth V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
MEX
14
CAN
8
DET
DNQ
FRA
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
HUN
13
BEL
NC
NC 0
Coloni FC188B ITA
DNQ
POR
11
ESP
DNQ
JPN
DNQ
AUS
DNQ
1989 Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH23B Cosworth V8 BRA
SMR
8
MON
Ret
MEX
6
USA
7
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GER
DNPQ
26th 1
AGS JH24 GBR
DNQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
POR
DNPQ
ESP
DNPQ
JPN
DNPQ
AUS
DNPQ
1990 Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH24 Cosworth V8 USA
DNPQ
BRA
DNPQ
NC 0
AGS JH25 SMR
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
FRA
DNQ
GBR
Ret
GER
DNPQ
HUN
13
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
POR
DNPQ
ESP
Ret
JPN
DNQ
AUS
Ret
1991 Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH25 Cosworth V8 USA
8
BRA
Ret
SMR
DNQ
MON
Ret
CAN
DQ
MEX
DNQ
NC 0
AGS JH25B FRA
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
HUN
DNQ
BEL
DNPQ
AGS JH27 ITA
DNPQ
POR
DNQ
Fondmetal F1 SpA Fomet F1 ESP
12
JPN
11
AUS
DNPQ
1992 Fondmetal F1 SpA Fondmetal GR01 Ford V8 RSA
Ret
MEX
Ret
BRA
Ret
ESP
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
NC 0
Fondmetal GR02 CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
14
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
JPN
AUS
1995 Nokia Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 023 Yamaha V10 BRA
ARG
SMR
ESP
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
POR
EUR
14
PAC
JPN
AUS
NC 0

Complete WTCC results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Position Points
2005 Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 ITA FRA UK SMR MEX BEL GER TUR ESP MAC 7th 55
2 Ret 4 8 1 3 15 10 2 Ret 4 17 13 14 7 1 16 23 DNS DNS
2006 SEAT Sport Italia SEAT León ITA FRA UK GER BRA MEX CZE TUR ESP MAC 5th 57
5 6 4 5 6 4 4 7 4 5 10 8 Ret 10 3 1 24 DNS 11 Ret
2007 SEAT Sport SEAT León BRA NED ESP FRA CZE POR SWE GER UK ITA MAC 8th 62
4 5 7 1 Ret 24 19 12 7 4 4 7 5 7 2 7 10 Ret
SEAT León TDI 6 Ret 2 14
2008 SEAT Sport SEAT León TDI BRA MEX ESP FRA CZE POR UK GER EUR ITA JPN MAC 2nd 88
5 1 5 3 2 5 5 4 6 1 13 11 7 5 24 16 5 Ret 2 1 10 Ret 7 12
2009 SEAT Sport SEAT León TDI BRA MEX MAR FRA ESP CZE POR UK GER ITA JPN MAC 1st 127
4 1 6 8 2 5 12 6 3 3 3 5 1 Ret 4 3 2 3 1 2 5 7 2 5
2010 SR-Sport SEAT León TDI BRA MEX MAR ITA BEL POR UK CZE GER ESP JPN MAC 1st* 37*
4 1
  • * Season in progress.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kelvin Burt
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

1994
Succeeded by
John Cleland
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gianni Morbidelli
Formula One Indoor Trophy winner
1991
Succeeded by
Johnny Herbert
Preceded by
Joachim Winkelhock
British Touring Car Champion
1994
Succeeded by
John Cleland
Preceded by
Fabrizio Giovanardi
European Touring Car Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Andy Priaulx
Preceded by
Yvan Muller
World Touring Car Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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