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Born (1938-01-01) 1 January 1938 (age 80)
Milan, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 1978
Teams Surtees
Entries 1 (0 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1978 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry 1978 Italian Grand Prix

"Gimax" was the racing pseudonym of Carlo Franchi (born 1 January 1938[1]), a racing driver from Milan, Italy. He never raced under his real name, and his son has also raced using the name "Gimax".

He entered one World Championship Formula One Grand Prix with Surtees, the 1978 Italian Grand Prix, but failed to qualify. He also participated in one non-Championship Formula One race.


"Gimax" was a regular entrant in Italian sportscar racing during the 1970s[2] and in 1978, he also competed in European Sportscar Championship, a series set up for that season in order to allow Group 6 prototypes to continue to compete in Europe for their own championship after the cancellation of the World Sports Car Championship.

The series was separated into two categories, one for the 2-Litre cars and the other for the larger capacity cars: "Gimax" won the 2-litre drivers' championship in an Osella, while Porsche driver Reinhold Joest won the Drivers' Championship for the larger capacity cars.[3]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1978 Team Surtees Surtees TS20 Cosworth V8 ARG BRA RSA USW MON BEL ESP SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA


  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". Retrieved 29 July 2007.
  2. ^ "Racing Sports Cars – Drivers – "Gimax" – All Results". Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  3. ^ "European Sportscar Championship 1978 results". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2013.