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Andrea Ludovico de Adamich (born 3 October 1941) is a former Touring Car and Formula One driver.

He is currently the Vice President of N.Technology, Alfa Romeo's Racing Division.

Early lifeEdit

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.

Formula OneEdit

1968: FerrariEdit

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.

1970: McLarenEdit

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.

1971: MarchEdit

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.

1972: SurteesEdit

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.

1973: BrabhamEdit

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.

After RacingEdit

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
Team Surtees
1973 Ceramica Pagnossion Team Surtees Surtees-Ford Cosworth 3 16th Report
Ceramica Pagnossin MRD Brabham-Ford Cosworth

StatisticsEdit

Entries 39
Starts 29
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 6
Laps Raced 1240
Distance Raced 6058.003 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0.000 km

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pts Pos
1968 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 0 NC
Ret
1969 Did not compete
1970 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 0 NC
DNQ DNQ DNQ NC DNS DNQ 12th 8th Ret DNQ
1971 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 0 NC
13th Ret Ret NC Ret Ret 11th
1972 Flag of Argentina Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 3 17th
Ret NC 4th 7th Ret 14th Ret 13th 14th Ret Ret Ret
1973 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 3 16th
8th Ret 4th 7th Ret Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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