Tambay strengthens ties to BMW, signs with FBMW Champions Eifelland Racing, and travels to Dubai with French Autosports Federation (FFSA)
Adrien Tambay, the 16-year old son of F1 Grand Prix winner Patrick, has committed himself to another partnership with BMW, and will now contest the new-for-2008 FBMW European series, in an attempt to win the series overall. FBMW Germany rookie of the year in 2007, Tambay now hopes to follow in exactly the same footsteps as F1's youngest ever points scorer, Sebastian Vettel. A pre-season favourite in FBMW Europe, the result of a merger between FBMW Germany and FBMW UK series, Tambay will race in at least six of Europe's leading countries during the course of the season.
Having spent recent weeks deliberating a move to either the F3 Euroseries, or World Series by Renault championships, Tambay's decision was swayed by the opportunity to develop a closer association with BMW, as well the chance to work with Eifelland Racing. In joining Eifelland, generally recognised to be FBMW's most capable team, he fills the seat vacated by 2007 FBMW series winner, Jens Klingmann.
On the back of his choice to re-commit to FBMW - which will see him race as part of the support package at seven F1 races in 2008 Adrien Tambay takes his place as part of BMW's scholarship programme, ensuring the benefit of the manufacturer's unique commitment to driver development, across media training, physical and mental conditioning, and so much more. Again carrying the iconic No.27 in 2008, as his F1 GP-winning father Patrick did more than 20 years ago, Adrien Tambay will unveil new partners and sponsors in February along with a new management team who will work to gain new partners throughout the course of 2008.
On the back of his decision to contract to FBMW Europe and Eifelland Racing, Tambay has also been named as one of seven young drivers selected for the French Autosports Federation (FFSA) junior driver development programme. Tambay the youngest of the group - will spend the next week in Dubai for evaluation at the FFSA training camp, under the leadership of Jean Alesi, another former F1 race winner.
Speaking shortly after touching-down in Dubai, Adrien Tambay spoke with confidence ahead of his 2008 programme, stating, "I am really happy to have had the chance to commit to FBMW for 2008, and am focused on the battle for overall victory, in front of all of the F1 teams.2007 was a dream start, and I am fitter than ever, and mentally sharper than last season. I know that with Eifelland Racing behind me, I can add to my record of podiums and victories. The bigger picture remains progression to F1, and I feel really confident that the route which I have chosen, the same route that Sebastian Vettel chose, is the best possible one. I thank BMW, and in particular, Dr. Mario Thiessen for their support, as well as that of all of my future partners and sponsors." In deference to his status as the newest beneficiary of the FFSA Young Driver Programme, the diminutive teenager added, "It's a bonus to have the chance to work with Jean (Alesi). I've learned so much from listening to BMW Sauber F1 drivers, as well as my father and all his "older" colleagues, and now, I have the opportunity to benefit again from the past experiences and guidance of another F1 legend. Of course, it also offers me the chance to work with older, more experienced drivers that I will be competing against throughout the next few seasons, so I'll be hoping to bank that experience. My sincere thanks to the FFSA, to BMW and all my friends and supporters."