Pole position for Adrien Tambay and Audi at DTM season opener Ingolstadt, May 3, 2014 – For the third time in succession, Audi will start the DTM season opener at the Hockenheimring from the top spot on the grid. The Frenchman Adrien Tambay, the 23-year-old son of the former Formula 1 star Patrick Tambay, secured […]
ADRIEN TAMBAY - DTM Racing Driver
Adrien Tambay was born in Paris (France) on February 25th 1991.
Although he is the son of F1 legend Patrick Tambay, it was his mother Dominique who initially approached him to karts. By then, he was only five years old.
He started competing in 2002 in French Minimes kart category, winning his first race during that season. More strong results such as French vice-champion the year after and achievements projected him in karting ladder, as he drove in 2005 and 2006 for the Factory Chiesa – Zanardi Team in the ICA Championship and other relevant European series. He was there 3rd in the World Series of Karting championship and was a pole man of the European Championship.
In 2007 he moved to German Formula BMW ADAC, where he performed brilliantly to achieve the Rookie title and the 4th place overall on his debut season.
The year after, he stepped into the European Formula BMW series, grabbing the third place in the Championship standings.
In 2009 he raced for the ART Grand-Prix Team in the European F3 Championship. Unluckily, he was forced to miss three rounds due to a heavy head concussion he suffered while playing a football match and didn’t have the opportunity to show his true potential fully that year.
2010 saw him competing in the AutoGP series. A win, a second and four other point finishes led him to 6th final place in the Championship
Later that year, he entered a couple of rounds (Hungary and Belgium) of the GP3 Championship. Under tricky conditions, he won the GP3 Race in Spa-Francorchamps.
Adrien started 2011 racing the Monte-Carlo rally, which he finished 18th overall and third in his category.
He joined forces with Pons Team for the Monaco round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, achieving a remarkable 7th place on his debut in World Series by Renault and in the principauty
As in 2010, he participated in the AutoGP series. A win and another four podiums helped him grabbing the final 4th position in the Championship, eventually missing on the title because of budget lacking and a race meeting he had to skip.
Early in 2012 he was invited by Audi (along with other drivers) to test their A5 DTM car. Soon after his strong showing at the test, he was signed by Audi to become one of its factory drivers in DTM.
A maiden podium in Valencia and a fifth place in Zandvoort meant 28 points and a 10th place in the final standings on his rookie season.
In 2013, four consecutive point-finishes granted him 30 points and the 14th place in the Championship.
In the first race of 2014 Adrien managed to get his maiden pole position in DTM. A subsequent podium finish (3rd) and after grabbing points in the two other rounds disputed (10th and 5th) he is now placed in 5th position in the standings with 26 points.