Fittipaldi dynasty continues with Pietro on path to F1

Emerson Fittipaldi with Pietro

Emerson Fittipaldi with Pietro

Max Verstappen, the son of Formula 1 podium-sitter Jos who has joined Red Bull‘s famous driver programme, is not the only familiar name treading a path to the Grand Prix grid.

Pietro Fittipaldi, 18, is the Miami-born grandson of Brazil’s double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, son of  Juliana Fittipaldi with Carlos da Cruz.

He recently left the United States, where he competed in the  Nascar Late Model feeder series, for Europe to climb the single seater ladder to Formula 1.

“I think in two or three years, Pietro should get to Formula 1,” 67-year-old Fittipaldi, whose brother Wilson and nephew Christian also raced in Formula 1, said in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.

“It is very difficult, but he is well supported and very dedicated,” he added.

“He is doing well this year in British Formula Renault and also went very well in Nascar,” Fittipaldi is quoted by Brazil’s Globo.

The report said Pietro is part of the Telmex-headed Mexican driver programme that has already paved the Formula 1 careers of Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez.

“Pietro is in a very good programme,” confirmed Fittipaldi, “the same as Perez and Gutierrez, which is very structured and will help Pietro to get to Formula 1. He is doing everything right to achieve this great goal.” (GMM)