Ahead of this weekend’s race at Monza, it was announced that Enzo Fittipaldi would be replacing David Beckmann at Charouz Racing System for the remainder of the season.
It was a popular decision as the Brazilian driver has already gained a large following. He is a likeable character off- track who, like many drivers, took the time in lockdown to stream and take part in the Virtual Grands Prix as a way of connecting with fans. He is also the grandson of two time Formula One World Champion, Emerson Fittipaldi and the brother of Haas F1 reserve driver, Pietro Fittipaldi.
Earlier this year, Fittipaldi competed in the FIA F3 Championship. His season so far has been impressive as he has managed to score points on multiple occasions, despite not being in one of the top teams. One of these points finishes includes his first podium, which he picked up in Hungary in his final round, after starting on reverse grid pole.
Luck hasn’t been on Fittipaldi’s side when it came to securing his first win in F3. Last year at Monza he lost the lead after battling with, now, fellow Formula 2 driver Lirim Zendeli. Earlier this year he also lost a potential victory in Barcelona after contact for the win.
Since Fittipaldi is joining Formula 2 mid-season, it gives him an opportunity to learn the car and the championship with less pressure. It could also be beneficial for 2022. Current drivers like Dan Ticktum and Théo Pourchaire chose to join the campaign for a few rounds prior to their debut season.
Hopefully for him and Charouz, they can secure some points for the remainder of the season as there is still a lot to play for in the teams’ standings with four rounds still to go.