Emerson Fittipaldi Jr makes F4 test debut at Homestead

Charles Bradley

Fittipaldi Sr was on hand to guide his son’s first steps in a Formula 4 car run by International Motorsport, and Emmo Jr was reportedly only a couple of tenths off the pace of series regulars before heavy rain soaked the track. He was getting this first taste of F4 before moving to Italy to race in the hugely competitive kart championships in Europe.

“It feels really fun to drive in a formula car because it’s a big step out of a go kart,” said Emmo Jr. “In karts you’re basically sitting on the floor and now I’m higher up, and it’s a great opportunity to be driving a Formula 4 at Homestead. It is so much faster than a kart, but for me it feels slower than a kart! But the braking and turning is so nice. I loved the car.”

Emerson Fittipaldi Jr. testing a Formula 4 car

Emerson Fittipaldi Jr. testing a Formula 4 car Robert Lyon

Robert Lyon

Emerson Fittipaldi Jr.

Emerson Fittipaldi Jr. Robert Lyon

Robert Lyon

The plan is for Fittipaldi Jr to race in Mexican F4 in its 2021-22 season, to ease him into his planned single-seater career which will be backed by Brand Institute, a Miami-based healthcare-related naming agency. The firm has pledged to back his entire racing career to F1.

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“Today is very special. Mentally, he’s ready and physically he’s small, but has enough strength to drive. He’s in the right time to start testing. His next two years in karting are extremely important, and then go into formula cars. Some kids these days are starting at 11 years old, and he is 13, so I think it’s a good age for this step.”

Emerson Fittipaldi and Emerson Fittipaldi Jr.

Emerson Fittipaldi and Emerson Fittipaldi Jr. Robert Lyon

Robert Lyon

Emerson Fittipaldi Jr. testing a Formula 4 car

Emerson Fittipaldi Jr. testing a Formula 4 car Robert Lyon

Robert Lyon

Emerson Fittipaldi Jr. testing a Formula 4 car

Emerson Fittipaldi Jr. testing a Formula 4 car Robert Lyon

Robert Lyon