Finding the stars of tomorrow, today
Born in Miami, Florida, 18-year-old Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi won the 2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship.
Who is he?
The grandson of double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, Pietro started his career in the lower levels of NASCAR stock-car racing in America, before making a successful switch to single-seater racing in Britain.
What’s he been doing recently?
The Brazilian began his journey towards F1 in an unlikely place: the historic 0.363-mile Hickory Motor Speedway oval, deep in rural North Carolina. Contesting the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Limited Late Model division, he won the circuit’s track championship in 2011. But instead of moving up in stock-car racing, Fittipaldi switched to the British single-seater ladder his grandfather once successfully scaled, with a twin attack on the Protyre Formula Renault and BRDC F4 championships.
How good is he?
Now that he’s settled into single-seaters, the signs are that he has the talent to match the publicity his famous surname will generate. In 2014, Fittipaldi focused his efforts on Protyre Formula Renault, easily taking the title with ten wins from 15 races. He also gained experience with selected outings in European Formula Renault.
Will we see him in F1?
Fittipaldi tested Formula 3 and Renault 3.5 machines towards the end of last year, and he is primed to climb the ranks over the coming seasons. And if his career falters then fret not – there’s another Fittipaldi on the way: Pietro’s younger brother Enzo, 12, is currently racing karts and Legends cars in the USA.