He is currently the Vice President of N.Technology, Alfa Romeo's Racing Division.
De Adamich was born in Trieste Italy however his family originated in Fiume. De Adamich was named after his ancestor Andrea Ludovico de Adamich from the 1700s who was at one point the richest man in Fiome. Andrea started racing in 1961 when he was 20 years old in Saloon Cars however in 1964 he graduated into the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC).
Touring Car Career (1964-1969)Edit
Starting his ETCC career with the Alfa Romeo team, a highly successful racing team and would start a long partnership with the company here. De Adamich had a highly successful first year in 1964 and in 1966 he found he was fighting for the championship and in the end won it by 1 point in a thriller of a season. 1967 saw him come close again but just missed out in the penultimate race. He continued to race in ETCC for Alfa Romeo until 1969 where he moved into Formula One full time.
After seeing his strong performances in Touring Cars, Enzo Ferrari signed de Adamich up for a one race deal in F1 for the year as part of the teams' future talent possibilities. De Adamich started his F1 career at the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami, the first race of the season. He retired however when he spun on his own oil after a disappointing race. De Adamich continued the rest of the season in ETCC as well as 1969.
After a long and prosperous relationship with Alfa Romeo in ETCC, De Adamich decided to give up his Touring Car career and start a full time career in F1. For 1970, De Adamich joined the second works McLaren team where the drive was secured by the teams engine supplier and long time partners Alfa Romeo. Adamich partnered fellow Italian and Alfa Romeo sponser Nanni Galli at the McLaren Team 2. However it was a dismal year and De Adamich only made it to 9 of the 13 grand prixs and only 4 of which he qualified, and out of those he only finished twice in very lowly positions. It was a very dismal first year in Formula One for De Adamich and at the end of the year him, Galli and Alfa left the team.
For 1971 De Adamich and Galli joined the March Team 2 Squad with Alfa supplying the engines. Things were a bit better for him this year and he managed to qualify for all the races he entered however poor reliability hampered any possible points finishes.
For 1972 De Adamich departed from Alfa Romeo after a seven year partnership when former World Champion, recently retired and Team Principal of the Surtees F1 Team John Surtees picked De Adamich as part of the works Surtees team squad. De Adamich had an enjoyable year at Surtees where he got his first points at the Spanish Grand Prix where he finished fourth however he failed to score again that season and mainly retired or finished in low key positions throughout the season.
Although being contracted at Surtees for 1973 and participating in pre-season testing for the team throughout the year, De Adamich failed to get on well and had many arguments with the team throughout the course of the year. When the season got under way and the team failed to provide him with a car for the opening races, and De Adamich left the team in an outrage.
Luckily however De Adamich managed to secure a drive for 1973 with the Brabham team as third driver. He scored another fourth place that year, this time at Belgium and just missed out on a points finish at Monaco the race after. The season looked to be his strongest yet, however at the British Grand Prix, De Adamich was involved in a nine car pile-up at the start of the race. De Adamich's car rolled multiple times and suffered a badly injured leg. Although the crash caused much destruction, he was the only driver hurt in the incident and the crash kept him out of the cockpit for the rest of the season. Once he had recovered from his injuries at the start of 1974, Brabham Team Principal Bernie Ecclestone offered him a drive once again, however he declined and he also decided to retire permanently from racing at the start of the year aged 34.
Although his race driver duties were now over his racing activities were not. De Adamich returned to Alfa Romeo and ETCC were he worked for the car company's racing division N.Technology as a engine designer. He worked for the team in this job until 1981 (although he continued with N.Technology for many years as a consultant) where he moved to becoming a famed and respected Italian motorsport journalist and in 1985 became the host on the Formula One Italian Commentry on Italia 1, he continued this role until 1997 along with journalism and since 1998 to present he has run the show Grand Prix, still remaining with Italia 1. In 2004 he was elected the Vice-President of N.Technology in Alfa Romeo and continues this role today.
Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit
F1 Career RecordEdit
Note: Entries in non-championship races are denoted in italics.
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1967||Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC||Ferrari||Non-championship only|
|1968||Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC||Ferrari||0||NC||Report|
|1969||T.S. Research & Developments Ltd.||Surtees-Chevrolet||Non-championship only|
|1970||Bruce McLaren Motor Racing||McLaren-Alfa Romeo||0||NC||Report|
|1971||STP March||March-Alfa Romeo||0||NC||Report|
|1972||Ceramica Pagnossin Team Surtees||Surtees-Ford Cosworth||3||17th||Report|
|1973||Ceramica Pagnossion Team Surtees||Surtees-Ford Cosworth||3||16th||Report|
|Ceramica Pagnossin MRD||Brabham-Ford Cosworth|
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||6058.003 km|
|Distance Led||0.000 km|
|Complete Formula One results|
|1969||Did not compete|
|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|
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