Drivers

Gabriele Tarquini

FIVE FACTS

Touring car titan: An ex-Formula One driver with 37 grand prix starts to his name, Tarquini has been a touring car titan for more than two decades with his technical prowess and a no-nonsense driving style key attributes.

Euro-beater: After winning the British Touring Car Championship in 1994, Tarquini took the European series by storm, claiming six wins on his way to 2003 title joy.

World success: Tarquini became World Touring Car champion with SEAT in 2009. Although there would be no more titles, the Italian was a race winner in six of the seven seasons that followed, including two triumphs with LADA in his final full-time campaign in 2016.

Unwelcomed return: While racing in the WTCC was always Tarquini’s preference, the circumstances surrounding his 2017 comeback with Honda in China were far from ideal after he was drafted in to replace his injured friend and former team-mate Tiago Monteiro.

Did you know? Tarquini has played a key role in developing the Hyundai i30 N TCR into a winner having signed for the make as its development driver in 2017.