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Emerson Fittipaldi

Formula 1 steward

Emerson Fittipaldi
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NationalityBRA

Fittipaldi is a two times F1 champion, having taken the title with the Lotus F1 Team who gave him his break in the sport, and the McLaren team, who he moved to afterwards. He raced for ten years, with the latter stages of his F1 career as part of his own team set up with his brother, Wilson. After quitting F1, he participated in CART racing, before more recently moving to endurance events.

Biography

Emerson Fittipaldi had motorsport in his blood, as the son of two keen racers - his father also a renowned motorsport journalist. After working up through local and national karting series in Brazil, Emerson joined Formula Vee, winning the championship at the second time of asking. He was promoted through Formula Ford and Formula Three until Formula One came calling.

Colin Chapman signed up the young Brazilian to drive for Lotus F1, winning during his first season with the squad. Crucially, he took an emotional victory for Lotus after they returned from sitting out two races following the death of their driver Jochen Rindt.

Having impressed on track, and given a well performing car for the 1972 season, Emerson won the title and finished second the following season. In 1974 he moved to McLaren to notch up another title, and followed it up by finishing second once again.

Despite being at the top of his game with McLaren, Emerson decided to hand in his notice with the team and set up his own racing outfit with his brother Wilson. Fittipaldi Automotive saw some improvement across the years but never troubled the top teams for the title. Emerson retired in 1980, although the team continued on for two more seasons after that.

With no team to run, Emerson opted to make a racing comeback and joined the CART series, as well as making an appearance at a Grand Prix Masters event. More recently, he has joined some endurance racing events, participating in the 2016 6 Hours of Brazil.