Geki (racing driver)

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"Geki"
Giacomo Russo 1966.jpg
Giacomo Russo c. 1966
Born (1937-10-23)23 October 1937
Milan, Italy
Died 18 June 1967(1967-06-18) (aged 29)
Caserta, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 19641966
Teams Lotus (including non-works)
Entries 3 (2 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1964 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry 1966 Italian Grand Prix

"Geki" was the racing pseudonym of Giacomo Russo (23 October 1937 – 18 June 1967), who was a racing driver from Italy. An experienced driver in the Italian lower formulae, he also participated in three Formula One Italian Grands Prix from 1964–66, failing to qualify for the 1964 race, driving a Brabham for Rob Walker. For his two Grand Prix starts, he drove for Team Lotus. He scored no championship points.

However, he was a four-time Italian Formula Three series champion, winning consecutive championships from 1961 to 1964.[1]

He was killed in a horrific accident in an Italian Formula Three race at Caserta in 1967. After an accident involving Beat Fehr, Andrea Saltari and Franco Foresti, Fehr ran down the track to warn the oncoming racers of the damaged cars and oil on the track ahead. The next group of cars included Geki, Massimo Natili, Jürg Dubler, Romano "Tiger" Perdomi and Corrado Manfredini who were unable to avoid colliding with the wreckage on the track. Geki's Matra then crashed into a wall and he was killed instantly. Fehr was struck by one of the cars and was also killed, and Perdomi died in hospital eight days later.[2]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Points
1964 Rob Walker Racing Team Brabham BT11 BRM V8 MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA
DNQ
USA MEX NC 0
1965 Team Lotus Lotus 25 Climax V8 RSA MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA
Ret
USA MEX NC 0
1966 Team Lotus Lotus 33 Climax V8 MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA
9
USA MEX NC 0
Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Italian F3 Champions / Formula 3 / Formula Junior". MotorSports Etc. Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Motorsport Memorial – Beat Fehr". Motorsport Memorial. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 150. ISBN 0851127029. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
none
Italian Formula Three Champion
1964
Succeeded by
Andrea de Adamich