Lotus 25 No.28 Italian GP 1965 Giacomo Russo "Geki"
Do the best ideas come while you're eating? Maybe. Legend has it that Colin Chapman and Frank Costin wrote down the first sketches of the Lotus 25 on napkins over dinner. They worked on revolutionary solutions to gain an edge over rivals. Their secret weapon was to build a so-called 'tub' from aluminium sheet, a drastic departure from the pipework that had been in common use until then. However, this would not have made the car stiff enough, so the rigidity of the car was solved by using steel tubes placed transversely in three places. Another obvious change to the Lotus 25 was that the drivers did not sit in the car, but rather lay down, which could be very uncomfortable for them, but this solution reduced the car's drag. Whether or not this was the case is another matter, but what is certain is that a legendary Formula 1 car was born, which brought 14 victories for Lotus and helped Jim Clark to his first world title.
"Geki" aka Giacomo Russo was an Italian racing driver who was considered an experienced driver of the lower class of Italian formula cars. He only made his debut in the King's class three times between 1964 and 1966, when he took part in three Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix races. In the 1965 race, he drove for Team Lotus behind the wheel of a Lotus 25. The car was still a great car, but it had aged badly and was replaced by the Lotus 33, but Jim Clark still managed to win a race with it in France in 1965. Our protagonist finished 20th in qualifying, but he didn't make up for it with a good result, retiring on lap 37 due to gearbox problems. To complete the story, the Lotus 25 was not only fast, it was also quite unreliable.
Giacomo Russo still competed in the 1966 Italian Grand Prix, finishing ninth, but he was not given another chance as he unfortunately suffered a fatal accident in a Formula 3 race in 1967. Spark once again commemorates a forgotten hero of Formula 1 with this 1:43 scale model.
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