Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time F1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, has served as a reserve at Haas since 2019. The following year, he was called up to race in the Sakhir and Abu Dhabi GPs replacing then-starter Romain Grosjean, recovering after a serious accident suffered in the Bahrain.
With this, the 27-year-old driver was the 32nd driver from Brazil to debut in the main automobile category. In addition to Indy, in which he competed in 2018 and 2021, Pietro also participated in Stock Car in 2021, competing in the Curitiba stage, and in 2022, in the Doubles Race alongside Tony Kanaan.
The Brazilian will share the reserve role with 18-year-old Oliver Bearman. The Brit is from the Ferrari Driver Academy and also races in Formula 2, and has already been confirmed in six free practice sessions during the F1 season.
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With the departure of veterans Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves from IndyCar, Pietro will become the only Brazilian driver to race full-time in the category. Born in Miami in the USA Pietro began his career in the country, winning a local championship sanctioned by NASCAR – the main motor sport brand in North America.
In 2013, the Brazilian migrated to Europe and formula cars, returning to the Americas only in 2018 with his first stint in Indy, with Dale Coyne. However, shortly after debuting in the Phoenix stage, he suffered a serious accident in the WEC (World Endurance Championship) in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, leaving him absent for two months.
In addition to Pietro, F1 also has another Brazilian reserve: Felipe Drugovich, Formula 2 champion in 2022. The young man from Maringá, Paraná, extended his contract with Aston Martin at the end of last year, represented today by Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.