Purple Bull takes ex-Ferrari F1 junior Fittipaldi underneath its wing

Former Ferrari junior Enzo Fittipaldi has joined Purple Bull’s Formulation 1 younger driver academy forward of a probable second full season in Formulation 2.

Purple Bull advisor Helmut Marko had beforehand hinted to Auto Motor und Sport {that a} “couple of drivers” could be becoming a member of the programme forward of 2023.

On his residence Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, Fittipaldi confirmed by way of his Instagram that he’ll be becoming a member of the Purple Bull household.

The 21-year-old has impressed throughout his first full-time F2 marketing campaign this yr, incomes 5 podiums with a Charouz Racing System workforce that hasn’t received a race within the class since its maiden season in F2 in 2017.

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He sits sixth within the drivers’ championship forward of the ultimate occasion of the yr in Abu Dhabi subsequent weekend.

Fittipaldi – grandson of two-time F1 champion Emerson – is predicted to stay in F2 for a second full season subsequent yr however is prone to change groups.

Beforehand Purple Bull juniors have predominantly been positioned at Prema, Carlin and Hitech, with Carlin believed to be Fittipaldi’s almost certainly vacation spot.

Fittipaldi isn’t any stranger to an F1 junior programme as he was part of Ferrari’s junior programme from the tip of 2016 to 2021.

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Whereas it began brightly with the Italian F4 title in 2018 and second place within the Formulation Regional European Championship the next season, a difficult couple of years in FIA F3 and an exit from the programme adopted earlier than he starred in F2 this yr.

Purple Bull entered 5 juniors into F2 this season – together with the now-dropped Juri Vips – with ex-Power India protege Jehan Daruvala the highest-placed of the remaining quartet in fifth, tied on factors with Fittipaldi.

AlphaTauri F1 check driver Liam Lawson is seventh and anticipated to change to Japan to race in Tremendous Formulation, in response to Marko in that very same AMuS interview.

He could possibly be joined by Alfa Romeo’s 2023 F1 reserve driver Theo Pourchaire, who’s prone to be a part of the post-season check.

Tremendous Formulation – utilized by the likes of Stoffel Vandoorne and Pierre Gasly (pictured under) on their approach to F1 – has re-emerged as a path to F1 since COVID restrictions have eased in Japan.

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Fittipaldi might be joined in F2 by fellow F2 returnee Ayumu Iwasa in addition to FIA Formulation 3 graduates Jak Crawford and Isack Hadjar, the latter having fallen simply 16 factors shy of the title this yr in a extremely spectacular rookie season.

The 2021 FIA F3 champion Dennis Hauger, who’s eleventh after a difficult rookie F2 marketing campaign, will transfer to the MP Motorsport workforce that Felipe Drugovich received this yr’s title with for 2023 nevertheless it’s but to be confirmed if he’ll stay inside Purple Bull’s programme.

Daruvala’s continued membership can also be unsure however he seems prone to stay in F2 for a fourth consecutive yr.

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