emerson fittipaldi

2 x F1 world champion
2 x Indy 500 winner
1 Indy car champion

Emerson Fittipaldi is one of the most decorated racers in the world.  He has won two Formula One Championships and won the Indianapolis 500 twice.  This world-class racer hails from Brazil and won countless races across many series and representing various teams.  He is a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.   

BIRTHDATE December 12, 1946 F1 WORLD CHAMPION 2
BIRTHPLACE SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL INDY 500 WINS 2
WEIGHT 154 LBS INDY CAR CHAMPION 1
HEIGHT 5′ 9″ FORMULA ONE SEASONS 11
RESIDENCE FT. LAUDERDALE, FL INDY CAR SEASONS 13
TEAMS Lotus, McLaren, Fittipaldi Automotive RACES LED 170
Car Number No. 5

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Honored, Legend of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Second place, CART Championship

First place, Indianapolis 500
First place, CART Championship
Fifth place, CART Championship
First place, Marlboro Challenge
Fourth place, CART Championship

 
 

First place, Marlboro 500

First place, Indianapolis 500

Fittipaldi retired from the European circuit in 1980, intending to manage the family team, but the Fittipaldi Automotive team, lacking credibility and capital, folded in 1982. All told, Fittipaldi ran in 144 Grands Prix, winning fourteen

His Copersucar car proved uncompetitive and unreliable, and he finished the season a miserable 16th in the championship in 1976, 12th in 1977, ninth in 1978, and 21st in 1979.

1978 Formula one, Fittipaldi AutomotiveaHis Copersucar car proved uncompetitive and unreliable, and he finished the season a miserable 16th in the championship in 1976, 12th in 1977, ninth in 1978, and 21st in 1979.

The Fittipaldi F5 was a Formula One car for the 1977 Formula One season. It was driven by Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi. The engine was a Ford Cosworth DFV, with the car achieving three of the team’s 11 points from the season.

After an unsuccessful 1975 season, Wilson Fittipaldi stepped down from driving to look after the management of the team and was replaced by his brother Emerson. Emerson used the Fittipaldi FD04 all season but the FD03 was also entered on one occasion, in the 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix driven by Ingo Hoffmann. The FD03 was retired before the South African Grand Prix, as a second FD04 had been built, which was driven by Hoffman.

At the end of 1975, Emerson surprised all the sports world and the motor racing world by leaving the title-winning McLaren team to drive for the unsuccessful family outfit. Future world champion Keke Rosberg took his first podium finish in Formula One with the team.

Fittipaldi left Lotus to sign with the promising McLaren team. Driving the highly efficient McLaren M23, he had three victories in 1974, reached the podium four other times, and beat out Clay Regazzoni in a close battle for his second championship.

At 25 he was then the youngest champion in F1 history. It appeared he might do it again in 1973. But after three wins in four attempts with the 72D, he began to struggle in the new 72E that was unveiled mid-year. It resulted in the reverse of the previous year, with Stewart beating Fittipaldi for the Drivers’ Championship.

In 1972 the Lotus 72 was the class of the field and Emerson brilliantly exploited its potential, winning five of the 12 races and scoring all the points that secured the Constructors’ Championship for Team Lotus and made him World Champion at the age of 25 – the youngest in Formula One history.
 

After Jochen Rindt was killed at the 1970 Italian Grand Prix, the Brazilian became Lotus’s lead driver in only his fifth Grand Prix. He enjoyed considerable success with Lotus, winning the World Drivers’ Championship in 1972 at the age of 25.

Having made his Formula One debut in the 1970 British Grand Prix, Emerson then finished a fine fourth in Germany and also ran well in Austria. Then came the ill-fated Italian Grand Prix at Monza, where Jochen Rindt was killed in a practice accident.
 
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