FBC Downshift: Exclusive interview with Pietro Fittipaldi

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Pietro Fittipaldi is one of the brightest talents in formula car racing, and is about to embark on the 3.5 V8 series (formerly Renault 3.5). He is the grandson of the great Emerson Fittipaldi, and nephew of Christian & Max Papis.

Pietro Fittipaldi F3 Racing at Sonoma Raceway | Simraceway Jay Watson photographer
Pietro Fittipaldi F3 Racing at Sonoma Raceway | Simraceway
Pietro Fittipaldi F3 Racing at Sonoma Raceway | Simraceway Jay Watson photographer

The following is a short interview after we spent the day with him at the Simraceway Performance Driving Center in preparation of his return to Europe. He helped us with some benchmark times for the current crop of young drivers who will be coming through the driver development program this year.

Fittipaldi pietro Simraceway

He is a very smart and mature driver for his age, and also very very fast, he ended up breaking the F3 lap record at Sonoma Raceway by over a second! Make sure you follow his season, he is sure to make an impression in his rookie year. Enjoy.

Fittipaldi Pietro Simeraceway

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It’s nice to hear a young driver with ambition.