Lotus 25 designed by Colin Chapman, a revolutionary Formula One car with first fully stressed monocoque chassis, made its racing debut in 1962 and had raced until 1967. In the 1965 season works Lotus drivers were Jim Clark and Mike Spence. Clark won six races and took his second World Championship title. The best result of Spence was 3rd place in Mexican grand Prix, and he was just 8th in the final Championship table. In the Italian Grand Prix of 1965 the third works Lotus was entered for local driver Giacomo Russo, who raced under the pseudonym “Geki”. Russo made his name in the Italian lower formulae, and was a four-time Italian Formula Three series champion, winning consecutive championships from 1961 to 1964. In his first start in F1 he retired due to gearbox failure. Geki also raced for Lotus next year, in the 1966 Italian GP. He was killed in a horrific accident in an Italian Formula Three race at Caserta in 1967.
|Giacomo Russo (“Geki”)||28||Team Lotus|