- Full name Gaetano Starrabba di Giardinelli
- Birth date December 3, 1932
- Birthplace Palermo, Sicily, Italy
- Current age 82 years 61 days
- Teams Team Lotus
|Only race||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||September 10, 1961||[race_results]|
Gaetano Starrabba was born a nobleman of the House of Giardinelli based in Palermo in Sicily, and was rightfully Prince Gaetano Starrabba di Giardinelli.
Fast cars were his plaything, and by the time he was 22 he was racing locally in a Maserati . In 1955 he bought a Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa Spyder Scaglietti which he ran for a season, continuing with a succession of Ferraris in the years which followed. In 1960 he moved to other marques and started to tinker with single-seater cars.
In 1961 he bought a Lotus and adapted it by fitting a Masareti engine to it, entering a handful of non-championship races before taking part in his one and only Formula One championship race at Monza, qualifying 30th out of 32. It was to prove a tragic race as Wolfgang von Trips, closing in on the drivers' title, crashed and died along with 14 spectators. Starrabba was in 15th when his engine blew shortly before the halfway point.
He continued racing his Lotus/Maserati hybrid in non-championship races for a few more years, his best effort being fifth at the 1963 Rome Grand Prix. His real interest, however, remained with sports cars until 1969 when he disappeared from the scene.