de-Adamich.png Full Name Andrea Lodovico de Adamich
Nationality Italian
Born 3 October 1941, Trieste (ITA)
Died
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First Grand Prix 1968 South African Grand Prix Last Grand Prix 1973 British Grand Prix
Grands Prix 30 Non-starts 6 (5 DNQ; 1 DNS)
Wins 0 Podiums 0
Best Finish 4th (x2) Points 6
Fastest Laps 0 Best Qualifying: 7/23, 1968 South African Grand Prix
Retirements 15 Laps Led 0

Career Highlights

1965 Italian F3 Championship, 1st overall
1966-7 European Touring Car Championship, Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 1st overall (Division 2)
1968 Formula 1, Scuderia Ferrari 312/67 V12, 1 race, 0 points, Not Classified
1970 Formula 1, McLaren Alfa Romeo V8 M7D / M14D, 9 entries, 4 DNQ, 5 races, 0 points
1971 Formula 1, STP March Alfa Romeo V8 711, 7 races, 0 points
  Brands Hatch 1000Km, Alfa Romeo T33, 1st overall
  Watkins Glen 6 Hours, Alfa Romeo T33, 1st overall
1972 Formula 1, Team Surtees Cosworth V8 TS9B, 12 races, 3 points, 17th overall
1973 Formula 1, Team Surtees Cosworth V8 TS9B, 1 race, 0 points
  Formula 1, Brabham Cosworth V8 BT37 / BT42, 5 races, 3 points, 16th overall

 

Andrea de Adamich, 1972 Italian Grand Prix

Biography


The tall and bespectacled de Adamich contested 36 World Championship Formula 1 races between 1968 and 1973, achieving a total of six championship points with a pair of fourth-placed finishes.

Born in the Italian town of Trieste, de Adamich forged a long relationship with Alfa Romeo after winning the 1966 and 1967 European Touring Car Championship crowns, and the marque’s connection to Ferrari saw him make his debut on a one-off appearance at the 1968 South African Grand Prix, where he retired after spinning on oil having qualified an impressive seventh-fastest.

De Adamich went on to win the Argentine Formula 2 championship in a Ferrari, but somehow wasn’t retained by the team and it was instead his Alfa connections that saw him return to F1 in an Alfa-powered works McLaren in 1970. Amidst several failures to qualify, he was classified as a finisher just twice in a thin season, and left with Alfa Romeo as it switched its engine supply to March in 1971.

That season proved equally without the results he needed, and so he sought sponsorships from a local ceramic company to sign on with Surtees in 1972, picking up an excellent fourth place at Jarama, and repeating the feat the following year at Zolder in a privately-entered Brabham.

The following year would see the end of de Adamich’s F1 career, as he fell victim to the Jody Scheckter-inspired multi-car shunt on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix. The luckless Italian suffered badly broken legs and retired when he was unable to return to the cockpit at full fitness.

De Adamich is now a respected part of the Italian TV F1 commentary team, as well as the chairman for the N.Technology group, which has prepared touring car racers for the European and World Touring Car Championships.

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