Gabriele Tarquini ( born March 2, 1962 in Giulianova ) is an Italian race car driver. He took from 1987 until 1995 in some 38 Grand Prix races of the Formula 1 World Championship, after Tarquini became a fixture in touring car racing. In 2009, he won the world title in the WTCC.
1983 and 1984 drove Tarquini in some karting series, from 1985 to 1987 in the formula 3000th In 1987, he won his first Formula 1 race when he drove the second car of the Osella team in the Grand Prix of San Marino. 1988 was Tarquini regular driver for Coloni and managed as best result eighth in Canada. For 1989, he was reported as a driver for the configured Formula 1 team First Racing. Tarquini tested the car in February 1989, but the team moved its Formula 1 message back before the first race of the year. Tarquini managed then to get a contract with AGS, where he replaced the recently crashed during test drives in Rio de Janeiro Philippe Streiff. This period began successfully for Tarquini with a championship point for the third race. As a result, the team proved but too weak, so that Tarquini eventually managed to qualify only for a few races - usually he did not even reach the final training session. The end of 1991 he finally joined the team Fondmetal, for which he also denied the Formula 1 1992 season. For his new team to Tarquini managed to qualify for the race, but never reached the points. After the Italian Grand Prix he finished his active provisionally Formula 1 career and devoted himself to touring car racing. 1995 Tarquini drove again a race to replace the Tyrrell Ukyo Katayama pilots.
Gabriele Tarquini holds two inglorious Formula 1 Records: A total of 40 times, he could not in training to qualify for the race, 25 times he failed even in the pre-qualification for the actual qualifying. To be considered, however, that Tarquini mostly for teams that were only partially competitive driving.
In contrast to Formula 1, in which he only scored one of the absolute outsiders with no real success, Gabriele Tarquini developed for fixed size in touring car racing. During his Formula 1 career, he drove in 1989 and 1992 in the Italian Super Touring Car Championship and finished fifth overall, respectively. Over a period of 15 years (1993 to 2007), he succeeded, with the exception of 2002 in each season at least one victory in a national or international touring car championship. Outstanding here are the titles in the BTCC and especially winning the European Touring Car Championship in 2003. Since the founding of the World Touring Car Championship 2005 is Tarquini factory driver, first for Alfa Romeo, after their retreat now for Seat. In the 2008 season he won the Vice World Championship in this race series, 2009, he won it.