What do you do if you are born with one of the most famous surnames in motor racing as Pietro Fittipaldi has? You become a racing driver of course! Grandson of the legendary two-time F1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi, 24-year-old Brazilian Pietro began his career in the USA in the Nascar short track championship.
Early career success
He won races in 2011 and 2012. He then followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by moving to Europe to compete in single-seaters in 2013 competing in the Formula Renault championship, the BRDC Formula 4 championship and the Winter Series of both as well.
Fittipaldi won the 2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship which earned him a place in the Ferrari Driver’s Academy. Pietro then campaigned a disappointing season of F3 with no wins or podiums but fared better in the winter MRF Challenge Formula 2000 with a brace of wins which gave him the title.
Fittipaldi next moved to the Formula V8 3.5 series for 2016 which was the former Formula Renault 3.5 series following Renault’s departure. He clinched the title in the competition’s final year of 2017 driving for Lotus.
Fittipaldi broke both of his legs in May 2018 competing in a WEC race at Spa. That season he also competed in IndyCar and Super Formula. He raced DTM in 2019 and the F3 Asian Championship over the winter into 2020.
Pietro Fittipaldi GP Grandstand F1 Seat Prediction:
Fittipaldi’s chances of a full-time seat in F1 appear to be slim to none. While he does have some championships to his name, they always seemed to come in the dying throes of that particular competition or against a field of weak opposition. His MRF Championship did have some stellar names in it but not for the whole season like Pietro.
Along with Delatraz, Haas isn’t exactly boasting the strongest junior driver line-up and look likely to benefit from Ferrari’s juniors instead. The hunt for the next Fittipaldi in F1 goes on.