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Gabriele Tarquini (born March 2, 1962 in Giulianova, Italy) is an Italian racing driver, holder of the most failed attempts to qualify (41). Claudio Langes holds the record for most failed attempts to qualify without ever qualifying for a race (14).

He has since found success in the World Touring Car Championship, winning it in 2009, and becoming the oldest champion in an FIA-sanctioned series, aged 47 years and 266 days. As a result, Tarquini broke Juan Manuel Fangio's record of 46 years and 41 days, set in 1957. He has won at least one race in every year of the championship since it began in 2005.

Formula One[]

Tarquini made his F1 debut with Osella at the 1987 San Marino Grand Prix, which turned out to be a one-off.

His first full drive was for the Coloni team in 1988, where he failed to qualify or pre-qualify eight times in 16 races. Driving for AGS, he scored his first point at the 1989 Mexican Grand Prix, after the FIRST team failed to materialise.

He started failing to qualify after the French Grand Prix, after the AGS JH24 turned out to be unreliable. Tarquini's worst year was in 1990, where he failed to qualify or pre-qualify for 12 races, out of the total 16. It continued until the end of 1991, when pre-qualifying was discontinued.

He drove for the hapless Fondmetal team in 1992, and only finished once in his 13 starts for the team, before being dropped.

Tarquini was a test driver for Tyrrell, and made his final start at the European Grand Prix when Ukyo Katayama was injured in a crash at Portugal. He finished 14th in the race.

Many people consider Tarquini to have been a talented driver stuck with uncompetitive machinery.

Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Pts. WDC Pos. Report
1987 Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 NC Report
1988 Italy Coloni SpA Coloni-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
Italy FIRST Racing FIRST-Judd
1989 Italy FIRST Racing FIRST-Judd 1 26th Report
France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS-Ford Cosworth
1990 France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1991 France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
Italy Fondmetal SpA Fondmetal-Ford Cosworth
1992 Italy Fondmetal SpA Fondmetal-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1993–1994: Did not compete
1995 United Kingdom Nokia Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell-Yamaha 0 NC Report
  • Italic donates as a Formula One Indoor Trophy entry.

Career Statistics[]

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos
1987 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg NC 0
Ret
1988 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg NC 0
Ret Ret Ret 14th 8th DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 13th NC DNQ 11th DNPQ DNPQ DNQ
1989 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 26th 1
DNA 8th Ret 6th 7th Ret Ret DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
1990 Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg NC 0
DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ Ret DNPQ 13th DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret
1991 Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg NC 0
8th Ret DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ 12th 11th DNPQ
[1]
1992 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg NC 0
Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 14th Ret Ret Ret Ret
1995 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of the Pacific Community.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg NC 0
14th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

Notes[]

  1. Race stopped after 14/81 Laps. Half points awarded