News 13-year-old son of Emerson Fittipaldi thrilled after first Formula 4 test
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After having drawn attention to himself in karting in the past few years, Emerson Fittipaldi jun. now also how it feels to drive a formula car.
The just 13-year-old son of two-time Formula 1 world champion, two-time Indy 500 winner and one-time IndyCar champion Emerson Fittipaldi drove a Formula 4 test this week on the Homestead-Miami Speedway infield course for testing purposes Racing cars. ()
"Driving a formula car is really fun because it is a big step out of the kart," beamed the young Fittipaldi. He describes the Formula 4 car as "so much faster than a kart, but frankly it feels slower to me". The 13-year-old is most impressed by "the brakes and the handling in the corners".
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Emerson Fittipaldi himself, who is now 73 years old, was personally on site for his youngest son's first formula test. "It's just wonderful that he was able to drive a Formula 4 car here in Homestead for the first time," enthuses the Brazilian, who has lived on Key Biscayne for many years and already with his 13-year-old junior at nearby Homestead last weekend.
The fact that the junior did his first laps in a formula car in 2020 of all places makes "Emmo" emotional for another reason: "As Father means a lot to me to experience that. After all, it was 50 years ago that I won my first Formula 1 race in Watkins Glen. "
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This is Fittipaldi's response to the 1970 US Grand Prix, which he won at Lotus as the successor to Jochen Rindt, who had recently been killed in an accident, at his fourth Grand Prix start. And with this victory it was Fittipaldi who made Rindt posthumously world champion. Because Ferrari driver Jacky Ickx only finished fourth and thus had to put his title hopes at the penultimate round of the season.
50 years later, Fittipaldi's attention is focused on the career of his 13-year-old son. "He is mentally ready, even if he is physically small. But he is strong enough to drive," says the famous father and sets the future career plan for Emerson Fittipaldi jun. open: "His next two years in karting will be extremely important. Then he should drive formula races."
After having karted in the USA so far, the young Fittipaldi should do so in the fiercely contested Italian karting championship. He will then move up to Mexican Formula 4 for the 2021/22 season. The long-term goal is Formula 1. On the way there, the young Fittipaldi is supported by the Brand Institute, a Miami-based marketing company that has customers in the healthcare sector, among others.
Emerson Fittipaldi jun. is the sixth of seven children Emerson Fittipaldi has with three women. His first marriage (with Maria Helena) produced three children, his second marriage (with Teresa) two children and his third marriage (with Rossana) so far two children. The youngest offspring is daughter Vittoria, the eight year old sister of Emerson Fittipaldi jun.
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