Another member of the famous Fittipaldi family is to kick-start their single-seater career this season following the announcement that Pietro Fittipaldi is to compete in the new BRDC Formula 4 Championship this thus season.
The 16-year-old grandson of double F1 title winner Emerson will be competing in the UK for the first time having worked his way up the ranks from karting to stock cars racing – where he became the first Latin American driver to be crowned NASCAR champion in the Limited Late Model category aged just 15.
Fittipaldi will compete for the Mark Godwin Racing team alongside Jake Dalton and Diego Menchaca.
“I'm very excited about joining the F4 series and of course competing in the UK,” the youngster said. “This will be my first time racing single seaters after several seasons in NASCAR so I have a lot to learn as well as many new tracks, but I am confident that with the MGR team behind me we can be competitive.”
Series director Jonathan Palmer welcomed the news that the Fittipaldi name was to return to UK shores during the year ahead.
“I am delighted that Pietro has chosen to race in our BRDC F4 championship as he starts his single seater career,” he said. “Pietro has clearly made a big impact with his NASCAR racing and I've no doubt will adapt very quickly to single seaters, especially following his karting success.
“Of course it is wonderful to have the Fittipaldi name back racing at Brands Hatch, Snetterton and Oulton Park and it will be great if Emerson can make it to any of our BRDC F4 events during the season.”