Pietro Fittipaldi

Pietro Fittipaldi da Cruz (born 25 June 1996)[1] is a Brazilian-American racing driver, the grandson of two-time Formula One world champion Emerson Fittipaldi[2] and brother of racing driver Enzo Fittipaldi. He is set to race at selected rounds in the 2021 IndyCar Series for Dale Coyne Racing, alongside serving as a reserve driver for Formula One team Haas. He made his Formula One debut with Haas at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, replacing the injured Romain Grosjean.

Pietro Fittipaldi
Pietro and Enzo Fittipaldi (cropped) (1).jpg
Fittipaldi in 2018
NationalityBrazil Brazilian
United States American
via dual nationality
BornPietro Fittipaldi da Cruz
(1996-06-25) 25 June 1996 (age 25)
Miami, Florida, United States
Related to
IndyCar Series career
Debut season2018
Current teamDale Coyne Racing
Car number51
Starts9
Wins0
Poles0
Best finish26th in 2018
Previous series
2018
2017
2015
2015–16
2014
2014
201314
2013
2011–12
IndyCar Series
World Series Formula V8 3.5
FIA F3 European Championship
MRF Challenge
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Protyre Formula Renault
BRDC Formula 4
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Championship titles
2017
2015–16
2014
2011
World Series Formula V8 3.5
MRF Challenge
Protyre Formula Renault
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Formula One World Championship career
Active years2020
TeamsHaas
Car number51
Entries2 (2 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry2020 Sakhir Grand Prix
Last entry2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2020 position23rd (0 pts)

CareerEdit

NASCAR Whelen All-American SeriesEdit

Fittipaldi began his racing career in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, winning the track championship at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2011. In 2012 he won one race and finished fifth in the championship.

Lower formulaeEdit

The Brazilian moved to Europe to pursue a career in open-wheeled racing in 2013, making his debut in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship and Protyre Formula Renault Championship[3] In 2014, he won the latter series, clinching the title with one race remaining.[4]

FIA Formula 3 European ChampionshipEdit

In 2015 Fittipaldi competed in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship for Fortec Motorsports. With a best result of sixth at two of the races at Algarve, Fittipaldi finished 16th in the championship standings with 32 points.

Formula V8 3.5 SeriesEdit

Fittipaldi continued racing for Fortec in 2016, this time driving in the Formula V8 3.5 Series alongside fellow rookie Louis Delétraz. However, he only scored one podium and ended up 10th in the standings, eight positions behind his teammate.

Nevertheless, he continued competing in the World Series, this time with Lotus. He won six races, dominating the championship, 44 points ahead of his closest rival Matevos Isaakyan.

IndyCar SeriesEdit

In February 2018, Fittipaldi was named a part-time driver of the No. 19 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing in the IndyCar Series, replacing Zachary Claman DeMelo in six races that year.[5] He made his debut at the Phoenix Grand Prix, where he was forced to retire after contact on lap 40. He achieved his first top ten finish at Portland and finished 26th in the standings.

Fittipaldi is scheduled to return to IndyCar in 2021 exclusively for oval races, replacing Romain Grosjean who will only enter road and street circuit rounds.[6]

World Endurance ChampionshipEdit

In May 2018 Fittipaldi broke both legs in a crash during qualifying for the World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps race.[7][8]

Deutsche Tourenwagen MastersEdit

Fittipaldi raced for Audi Sport Team WRT in the 2019 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. He scored a best result of fifth at Misano, and finished in the points six times, scoring 22 and ended up 15th in the drivers' standings.

Formula OneEdit

In October 2014, Fittipaldi was one of four drivers to be invited to join the Ferrari Driver Academy.[9] He first tested a Formula One car on 27 November 2018 during the post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit, driving for Haas.[10]

In November 2018, the Haas F1 Team confirmed Pietro Fittipaldi as its official 2019 test driver.[11] Haas announced that the Brazilian would test the car at the first pre-season test at Barcelona in February 2019.[12] In April 2019 Fittipaldi took part in the 2019 Bahrain Young Driver Test, before then making an appearance at the mid-season test at Catalunya.

On 30 November 2020, it was announced that Fittipaldi would race for Haas in the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, replacing the injured Romain Grosjean who was hospitalised after an accident at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix in which he suffered burns to his hands and ankles.[13] This made him the first grandson of a Formula One driver to become a Formula One driver himself.[citation needed] Fittipaldi started his debut Grand Prix in last and finished the race 17th, the last of the remaining drivers. Haas team principal Guenther Steiner commented on Fittipaldi's debut "I think Pietro did a great job, considering he drove the car for the last time a year ago". Fittipaldi remarked that it is difficult for a driver to make it to Formula One, and he was glad to have finished his first race.[14]

He again stood in for Grosjean at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Fittipaldi qualified 19th and was elevated to 17th on the grid due to other drivers collecting penalties. In the race, he suffered a slow pit stop and again finished last of the running drivers in 19th place. After the race, Fittipaldi stated that he would "like to still keep a foot in Formula One" as a reserve driver in 2021.[15] In February 2021 it was confirmed that he would remain in his role as a Haas test and reserve driver for the 2021 season.[16]

Racing recordEdit

Karting career summaryEdit

Season Series Position
2004 WKA Florida Championship Series — Easykart 60cc 14th
2005 Florida Winter Tour — Easy Kart 60 15th
WKA Florida Championship Series — Easykart 60cc 10th
WKA Florida Championship Series — Cadet Jr. Sportsman 13th
2006 Florida Winter Tour — Rotax Mini Max 6th
2007 Florida Winter Tour — Rotax Mini Max 6th
2008 Rotax Max Challenge USA Grand Nationals — Minimax 4th
2009 SKUSA SuperNationals — TaG Junior DNF
Rotax Max Challenge USA Grand Nationals — Minimax 30th
Florida Winter Tour — KF3 5th
2011 Desafio Internacional das Estrelas 19th
2012 Desafio Internacional das Estrelas 11th
Florida Winter Tour — Rotax Junior 30th

Racing career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Lee Faulk Racing 20 4 3 ? 13 400 1st
2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Lee Faulk Racing 23 1 2 ? 3 355 5th
2013 Protyre Formula Renault Championship Jamun Racing Services 16 0 0 0 0 163 8th
Protyre Formula Renault Autumn Cup 3 0 0 0 1 45 6th
BRDC Formula 4 Championship MGR Motorsport 18 1 0 1 1 165 15th
BRDC Formula 4 Winter Championship 8 0 0 0 3 127 6th
2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship MGR Motorsport 15 10 3 7 12 431 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 8 0 0 0 0 43 9th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Koiranen GP 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC††
2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Fortec Motorsports 33 0 0 0 0 32 17th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 13th
2015–16 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 MRF Racing 14 4 2 2 9 244 1st
2016 Formula V8 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsports 18 0 0 0 1 60 10th
2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 Lotus 18 6 10 2 10 259 1st
2018 IndyCar Series Dale Coyne Racing 6 0 0 0 0 91 26th
Super Formula UOMO Sunoco Team LeMans 1 0 0 0 0 0 22nd
2019 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team WRT 15 0 0 2 0 22 15th
Audi Sport Team Rosberg 2 0 0 0 0
Formula One Haas F1 Team Test driver
2019–20 F3 Asian Championship Pinnacle Motorsport 15 0 0 0 1 119 5th
2020 Formula One Haas F1 Team 2 0 0 0 0 0 23rd
2021 IndyCar Series Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing 3 0 0 0 0 34 32nd
European Le Mans Series G-Drive Racing 1 0 0 0 0 6 24th*
Stock Car Brasil Full Time Bassani 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC††
Formula One Haas F1 Team Test/Reserve Driver

Fittipaldi did not win the national championship; he was the individual track champion of Hickory Motor Speedway.
†† As Fittipaldi was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.
* Season still in progress.

Single seater racing resultsEdit

Complete Protyre Formula Renault Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2013 Jamun Racing Services DON
1

Ret
DON
2

9
SNE
1

17
SNE
2

5
SNE
3

Ret
THR
1

6
THR
2

12
THR
3

Ret
CRO
1

7
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

16
ROC
1

7
ROC
2

12
ROC
3

6
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

6
8th 163
2014 MGR Motorsport ROC
1

1
ROC
2

4
ROC
3

4
DON
1

1
DON
2

1
DON
3

1
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

1
SNE
1

1
SNE
2

1
SNE
3

1
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

1
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

3
1st 431

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2015 Fortec Motorsports Mercedes SIL
1

11
SIL
2

8
SIL
3

Ret
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

20
HOC
3

Ret
PAU
1

DNS
PAU
2

DNQ
PAU
3

DNQ
MNZ
1

7
MNZ
2

9
MNZ
3

11
SPA
1

8
SPA
2

21
SPA
3

10
NOR
1

19
NOR
2

Ret
NOR
3

16
ZAN
1

17
ZAN
2

20
ZAN
3

20
RBR
1

23
RBR
2

32
RBR
3

24
ALG
1

12
ALG
2

6
ALG
3

6
NÜR
1

15
NÜR
2

Ret
NÜR
3

18
HOC
1

13
HOC
2

16
HOC
3

Ret
17th 32

Complete World Series Formula V8 3.5 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2016 Fortec Motorsports ALC
1

11
ALC
2

9
HUN
1

8
HUN
2

8
SPA
1

11†
SPA
2

10†
LEC
1

Ret
LEC
2

7
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

Ret
RBR
1

11
RBR
2

11
MNZ
1

11
MNZ
2

4
JER
1

9
JER
2

12
CAT
1

7
CAT
2

3
10th 60
2017 Lotus SIL
1

1
SIL
2

1
SPA
1

8
SPA
2

6
MNZ
1

9
MNZ
2

4
JER
1

2
JER
2

1
ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

1
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

6
MEX
1

1
MEX
2

1
COA
1

3
COA
2

Ret
BHR
1

2
BHR
2

2
1st 259

Driver did not finish, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete IndyCar Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis No. Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2018 Dale Coyne Racing Dallara DW12 19 Honda STP PHX
23
LBH ALA IMS INDY DET DET TXS RDA IOW TOR MDO
23
POC
22
GTW
11
POR
9
SNM
16
26th 91
2021 Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing 51 ALA STP TXS
15
TXS
21
IMS INDY
25
DET DET ROA MDO NSH IMS GTW
POR LAG LBH 32nd 34

* Season still in progress.

Indianapolis 500Edit
Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2021 Dallara Honda 13 25 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing

Complete Super Formula resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 DC Points
2018 UOMO Sunoco Team LeMans SUZ
16
AUT SUG FUJ MOT OKA SUZ 22nd 0

Complete F3 Asian Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 DC Points
2019–20 Pinnacle Motorsport SEP
1

14
SEP
2

12
SEP
3

11
DUB
1

7
DUB
2

13
DUB
3

7
ABU
1

4
ABU
2

5
ABU
3

5
SEP
1

4
SEP
2

5
SEP
3

5
CHA
1

3
CHA
2

4
CHA
3

10
5th 119

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
2020 Haas F1 Team Haas VF-20 Ferrari 065 1.6 V6 t AUT
STY
HUN
GBR
70A
ESP
BEL ITA
TUS
RUS
EIF
POR
EMI
TUR
BHR
SKH
17
ABU
19
23rd 0

Sports car racing resultsEdit

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2018–19 DragonSpeed LMP1 BR Engineering BR1 Gibson GL458 4.5 L V8 SPA
DNS
LMS SIL FUJ SHA SEB SPA LMS NC 0

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
2019 Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 Turbo DTM Audi RC8 2.0 TFSI I-4 t HOC
1

10
HOC
2

15
ZOL
1

14
ZOL
2

9
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

15
ASS
1

11
ASS
2

10
BRH
1

DNS
BRH
2

16
LAU
1

7
LAU
2

9
NÜR
1

14
NÜR
2

13
HOC
1

15
HOC
2

15
15th 22
Audi Sport Team Rosberg MIS
1

11
MIS
2

5

Complete European Le Mans Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2021 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Aurus 01 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 CAT
7
RBR LEC MNZ SPA ALG
24th* 6*

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pietro Fittipaldi da Cruz at Driver Database | Motorsport". Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Neto de Emerson, Pietro Fittipaldi é campeão na Nascar aos 15 anos | globoesporte.com". globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Pietro Fittipaldi leaves NASCAR racing to follow in grandfather's footsteps to F1". Motorsport.com. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  4. ^ Neal, Martin (24 September 2014). "Champagne corks pop for new champions at Croft Circuit". Teesside Gazette. Middlesbrough, England. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  5. ^ "IndyCar: Pietro Fittipaldi to drive part-time in #19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda". Beyond the Flag. 6 February 2018. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Pietro Fittipaldi returns to Dale Coyne Racing for IndyCar ovals". RACER. 4 March 2021. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Fittipaldi has surgery on broken legs". ESPN.com. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  8. ^ Watkins, Gary. "Pietro Fittipaldi breaks both legs in Spa WEC qualifying crash". Autosport.com. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Pietro Fittipaldi and others invited to Ferrari Driver Academy". 22 October 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  10. ^ Galloway, James; Morlidge, Matt (27 November 2018). "F1 Testing: Kimi Raikkonen makes Sauber return as Sebastian Vettel sets pace". Sky Sports. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  11. ^ "NEWS: Pietro Fittipaldi Confirmed as Haas F1 Team 2019 Test Driver". 9 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Pietro Fittipaldi to drive '19 Haas F1 car at first pre-season test". 15 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi to replace injured Grosjean for Sakhir Grand Prix". 30 November 2020. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  14. ^ "Haas stand-in Pietro Fittipaldi content with finishing race in Sakhir as he takes P17 on debut". formula1.com. 8 December 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  15. ^ Malsher-Lopez, David; Jaeggi, Erwin (10 December 2020). "Fittipaldi aims for IndyCar return and reserve F1 drive". motorsport.com. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  16. ^ "Haas retain Pietro Fittipaldi as test and reserve for 2021". formula1.com. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2021.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris Middlehurst
Protyre Formula Renault Championship
Champion

2014
Succeeded by
None
(Series ended)
Preceded by
Toby Sowery
MRF Challenge Formula 2000
Champion

2015–16
Succeeded by
Harrison Newey
Preceded by
Tom Dillmann
World Series Formula V8 3.5
Champion

2017
Succeeded by
None
(Series ended)