Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of double F1 World champion Emerson Fittipaldi will head up a four car MGR Motorsport line-up in Protyre Formula Renault in 2014, it has been officially confirmed this week.
Returning for a second year in the category, the Brazilian switches to Bardon-based MGR for his sophomore season. Joining the 17-year-old will be fellow second year competitor Matteo Ferrer, who debuted with MGR in Protyre Formula Renault in 2013, and two series newcomers – Colin Noble Jnr, the reigning Radical SR1 Cup Champion, and promising 16-year-old Indian Tarun Reddy.
Unlike his first season in the UK last year, Fittipaldi will focus his racing commitments exclusively on Protyre Formula Renault this season but will factor a European testing schedule in Formula Renault into his plans. Arriving in Britain last year with the distinction of having won his first car racing title, the NASCAR Limited Late Model Series, at the tender age of 15, Fittipaldi improved markedly to conclude the Protyre Formula Renault season eighth in the championship with a best finish of fifth place. He also became a race winner in his dovetailed BRDC Formula 4 programme.
“I don't think anyone quite appreciated how big a learning curve Pietro had last year”, said MGR team principal Mark Godwin, “We saw some real flashes of talent from him and we're delighted he's become part of the team for Protyre Formula Renault this year.
"He has all the right attributes to go a very long way in this sport, he has the ability and has a very good chance of winning races this year.”
The opening three rounds of the 2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship will take place on April 5-6 at Rockingham.