Enzo Fittipaldi joins Purple Bull driver programme

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Enzo Fittipaldi introduced on Saturday that he was becoming a member of Purple Bull’s driver academy, a step that might transfer him nearer to changing into the fifth member of his household to race in System 1.

The U.S.-born 21-year-old Brazilian, grandson of double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, broke the information throughout a tv interview on the Sao Paulo Grand Prix and posted an image on Twitter of himself with Purple Bull motorsport head Helmut Marko.

Fittipaldi is in his first full season in System 2 with Charouz, sixth within the championship with a spherical to spare however tied on factors with fifth-placed Jehan Daruvala and fourth-placed Jack Doohan.

He was a part of the Ferrari Driver Academy earlier than leaving final yr.

“On future plans, let’s see, however I’m very glad for being a part of the Purple Bull drivers’ academy,” he informed Reuters on the Interlagos paddock.

The 4 Fittipaldis to race in System 1 are 1972 and 1974 champion Emerson, Enzo’s brother Pietro, great-uncle Wilson and cousin Christian.

Pietro, a reserve driver at Haas, was the final Brazilian on the System 1 grid when he changed Romain Grosjean for 2 races in 2020.

Brazil, some of the profitable nations within the sport’s historical past, has not had an everyday race driver since Felipe Massa’s retirement in 2017.

“Very particular information at a vital second (for Brazil) as we haven’t had a driver in F1 for years,” Emerson informed Reuters at Interlagos.

“These rising abilities are our hope,” he added, additionally praising this season’s F2 champion Felipe Drugovich who’s now a reserve for Aston Martin.

Enzo joins an illustrious checklist of drivers who’ve made it by way of the Purple Bull driver programme underneath Helmut Marko, together with the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo to call the extra profitable graduates. (Reporting by Gabriel Araujo)

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