F1® Clash Legendary Driver Emerson Fittipaldi
We’ve introduced some of the biggest names in F1® history to F1® Clash! You can now add legendary drivers to your team, including Alain Prost, David Coulthard, Michael Schumacher and Sir Jackie Stewart.
To celebrate the update we’ll be posting about all of the epic drivers featured and in this post, and next up, it's Emerson Fittipaldi!
Emerson Fittipaldi, born on December 12, 1946, in São Paulo, Brazil, is a revered figure in the world of Formula 1, celebrated for his remarkable career as a talented racing driver. His journey in F1 marked significant achievements, including two World Championships, 14 race wins, 35 podium finishes and a lasting impact on the sport.
Fittipaldi's F1 career began in 1970 when he joined the Lotus team. His debut season showcased his potential, earning him his first victory in his fourth race in F1, at the United States Grand Prix. In 1972, he secured his first World Championship, becoming the youngest F1 champion at that time, a record he held until Fernando Alonso took it in 2005.
During his time with Lotus, Fittipaldi established himself as a versatile driver, known for his adaptability to various racing conditions. His smooth and consistent style behind the wheel earned him respect and admiration from both peers and fans.
Fittipaldi's remarkable career in F1 continued with a move to McLaren in 1974 where Fittipaldi added another World Championship to his impressive list of accomplishments, the first-ever World Championship won by McLaren. This further solidified his reputation as a top-tier driver. During that season, he secured seven race victories, including a win at the inaugural Brazilian Grand Prix, a momentous occasion for Brazilian motorsport. The following season in 1975, he narrowly missed out on adding a third championship to his name, finishing as runner-up to Niki Lauda of Ferrari.
In 1980, Fittipaldi departed F1 to explore other racing ventures, including IndyCar racing in the United States. He achieved notable success, winning the prestigious Indianapolis 500 twice, in 1989 and 1993 and the IndyCar Championship in 1989.
Emerson Fittipaldi's contributions to F1 extend beyond his on-track success. He is a founding member of the Formula One Constructors Association, as an owner of the Fittipaldi F1 Team, the only Brazilian F1 Team in the history of the sport. His charisma and sportsmanship made him a beloved figure in the racing world. His legacy as a Brazilian racing legend and a F1 World Champion endures, and he remains an influential and respected figure in the motorsport community, and one of the most globally recognizable F1 Champions.