Andrea de Adamich

Full Name:
Andrea Lodovico de Adamich
Born:
3rd October 1941 (Age 78)
Trieste, Friulli-Venezia Giulia
Nationality:
Italian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The charming and popular Andrea de Adamich was studying law when he started racing in the early 1960s. Descended from a wealthy and influential trader in what is now the Croatian seaside town of Rijeka, he enjoyed a racing career that included 30 Grand Prix starts and success in both sports cars and saloons. Being both tall and bespectacled, de Adamich does not fit the stereotype of a racing driver.

Formula 3 and touring cars

He first came to prominence by winning the 1965 Italian Formula 3 Championship despite his Jolly Club-entered Lola T5A and Brabham BT15 not winning a race. He also raced for the Autodelta-run works Alfa Romeo team in that year’s European Touring Car Championship and won the 1600cc class title in 1966 and 1967.

Formula 1 with Ferrari

That success led to an invitation from Ferrari to make his Formula 1 debut in the non-championship 1967 Spanish GP at Járama. His 312 was destined to finish in fourth position (running behind three world champions) before a late puncture. He remained with the team for 1968 but crashed at Paddock Hill Bend during practice for the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. The car caught fire and the Italian was sidelined with neck injuries.

Development driver for Alfa Romeo

Back at the end of the year to win the Formula 2 Temporada championship, he was not retained by Ferrari. He drove a works Surtees TS5-Chevrolet in Formula 5000 during 1969 before returning to F1 a year later to develop Alfa Romeo’s new V8 engine in the back of a works McLaren M7D. It was a frustrating season of DNQs and retirements. His best finish was eighth at Monza but even then de Adamich was lapped seven times.

De Adamich and Alfa Romeo moved to the STP March concern for a limited 1971 schedule and struggled again. However, he twice won World Sportscar Championship races that year when sharing an Alfa Romeo T33/3 with Ronnie Peterson.

Fulltime F1 driver with Surtees and Brabham

The 1972 season featured more sports cars and GPs with de Adamich enjoying his first full F1 campaign in a works Surtees TS9B and a Ford DFV engine at last. It brought a welcome uplift in form and his fourth place in Spain matched the team’s best result to that date. De Adamich’s best results were confined to non-championship events however – finishing second at Vallelunga and third in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch.

Fourth again in the 1973 Belgian GP after moving to Brabham, de Adamich broke his leg in the pile-up that stopped the British GP at Silverstone. He recovered sufficiently to start 1974 in an Alfa Romeo T33TT/12 sports car – scoring four podium finishes before quitting the sport mid-season.

He subsequently worked as a journalist and television analyst. He was recently involved with the NTechnology team that failed in its attempt to graduate to F1 in 2010.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1974 World Championship of Makes
Autodelta
4 0 4 0 51
1973 F1 World Championship
Motor Racing Developments
Team Surtees
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 3
1973 European F2 Championship
Fina
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1972 F1 World Championship
Team Surtees
12 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 3
1972 European F2 Trophy
Team Surtees
5 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
19th 4
1972 World Championship of Makes
Autodelta
Giovanni Alberti
6 0 3 0 64
1972 John Player British F2 Championship
Team Surtees
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1971 F1 World Championship
STP March Racing Team
7 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1971 International Championship of Makes
Autodelta
8 0 6 2 40
1970 International Championship of Makes
Autodelta
2 0 1 0 6
1970 European F2 Trophy
Scuderia Jolly Club
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1970 F1 World Championship
Bruce McLaren Motor Racing
4 (6) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1969 European F2 Trophy
Roy Winkelmann Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1969 International Championship of Makes
Sid Taylor
1 0 0 0 2
1969 Guards F5000 Championship
Team Surtees
5 (2) 1 0 0
0% win rate
12th 625
1969 SCCA Formula A Continental Championship
Team Surtees
4 0 1 0
0% win rate
9th 10
1968 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1968 European F2 Trophy
Scuderia Ferrari
1 0 1 0
0% win rate
10th 6
1968 Temporada F2 Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
4 0 3 2
50% win rate
1st 36
1967 European F2 Trophy
Lola Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1967 International Championship of Makes
Autodelta
1 0 0 0 2
1966 European Touring Car Championship 1st -
1965 Italian F3 Championship 1st -