Fam­ily af­fair as Fit­ti­paldi re­turns to For­mula One

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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 cham­pi­onship­win­ning 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.

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