Motorsport

Family affair as Fittipaldi returns to Formula One

2018-11-09 21:47
Emerson Fittipaldi
Emerson Fittipaldi (Getty Images)

Sao Paulo - One of motor racing's most famous names will be back in Formula One next season when Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, joins the American Haas team as a test driver.

The 22-year-old Brazilian follows three other famous Fittipaldis, in Emerson, Wilson and Christian, in reviving not only the family name, but Brazilian participation in the sport.

"I'm pleased to welcome Pietro Fittipaldi to Haas F1 Team and we look forward to working with him," said team principal Guenther Steiner.

"He brings a championship-winning pedigree from his junior open-wheel career and more recently he has acquitted himself well in the IndyCar series.

"We're happy to provide Pietro with his first test in a Formula 1 car off the back of those experiences. His subsequent role testing, and the feedback he'll provide in support of our 2019 campaign, will no doubt further contribute to Haas F1 Team's growth and development in Formula 1."

Fittipaldi, born in Miami, will take part in a tyre test scheduled for Abu Dhabi later this month.

He started six races with Dale Coyne Racing in the Indycar series this year, five of them after recovering from breaking a leg during a sportscar race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium in May.

"I'm looking forward to getting behind the wheel in Abu Dhabi. I'll carry that experience forward into 2019 - and hopefully into a race seat in F1 in the future," said Fittipaldi, who will be reserve driver for the team's senior men Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

His grandfather Emerson Fittipaldi won 14 Grands Prix on his way to world titles with Lotus and McLaren.

Read more on:    haas  |  emerson fittipaldi  |  pietro fittipaldi  |  f1
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.