Emerson Fittipaldi

Emerson Fittipaldi is a Brazilian racing legend and double Formula One World Champion, who won the Drivers’ Title in 1972 and 1974. He was also runner-up in 1973 and 1975. He is a double winner of the Spanish Grand Prix, the Belgian Grand Prix, the British Grand Prix, the Argentine Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix. Whilst Chico Landi was Brazil’s first Formula 1 driver, Fittipaldi became the first Brazilian to win a Grand Prix, when he won the 1970 United States Grand Prix and its first World Champion in 1972, when he won the title with JPS Lotus. In 1973 he also won the inaugural Brazilian Grand Prix in front of his adoring home crowds. Following differences with Lotus’ owner Colin Chapman, “Emmo” quit the team at the end of 1973 and moved to McLaren, where he duly delivered the team’s first championship, as well as another home victory in the 1974 Brazilian Grand Prix. After 1975, Emerson joined the Brazilian Fittipaldi team, set up by his brother and ex-F1 driver Wilson Fittipaldi. Sadly, this final F1 career move failed to yield any further victories for Emerson and he retired, intensely frustrated, at the end of the 1980 season. After 3 years on the sidelines, he came out of retirement in 1984 to race IndyCars and became series champion in 1989 and winner of the famous Indianapolis 500 in 1989 and in 1993. Fittipaldi’s long racing career ended in 1996 when he suffered a huge crash during the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway.

Emerson Fittipaldi's F1 Wins
Win NumberGrand PrixCircuitDateRoundNo.TeamChassisTyreGridWinning MarginRace TimeSpeedDistance
11970 United States Grand PrixWatkins Glen International4 October 197012/1324Lotus Ford72CFirestone336.3901:57:32.790204.050399.761
21972 Spanish Grand PrixCircuito Permanente del Jarama1 May 19723/125Lotus Ford72DFirestone318.9202:03:41.230148.630306.387
31972 Belgian Grand PrixComplexe Européen de Nivelles-Baulers4 June 19725/1232Lotus Ford72DFirestone126.6001:44:06.700182.400316.540
41972 British Grand PrixBrands Hatch Circuit15 July 19727/128Lotus Ford72DFirestone24.1001:47:50.200180.300324.122
51972 Austrian Grand PrixÖsterreichring13 August 19729/1231Lotus Ford72DFirestone11.1801:29:16.660214.517319.194
61972 Italian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale Monza10 September 197210/126Lotus Ford72DFirestone414.5001:29:58.400211.800317.625
71973 Argentine Grand PrixAutódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez28 January 19731/152Lotus Ford72DGoodyear24.6901:56:18.220165.690321.168
81973 Brazilian Grand PrixAutódromo de Interlagos11 February 19732/151Lotus Ford72DGoodyear213.5001:43:55.600183.800318.400
91973 Spanish Grand PrixMontjuïc Circuit29 April 19734/151Lotus Ford72EGoodyear742.7001:48:18.700182.020316.540
101974 Brazilian Grand PrixAutódromo de Interlagos27 January 19742/155McLaren FordM23Goodyear113.5701:24:37.060180.610254.720
111974 Belgian Grand PrixComplexe Européen de Nivelles-Baulers12 May 19745/155McLaren FordM23Goodyear40.3501:44:20.570182.020316.540
121974 Canadian Grand PrixMosport International Raceway22 September 197414/155McLaren FordM23Goodyear113.0341:40:26.136189.112316.560
131975 Argentine Grand PrixAutódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez12 January 19751/141McLaren FordM23Goodyear55.9101:39:26.290190.860316.315
141975 British Grand PrixSilverstone Circuit19 July 197510/141McLaren FordM23Goodyear71 lap1:22:05.000193.200264.241
Emerson Fittipaldi's Indianapolis 500 Wins
Win NumberGrand PrixCircuitDateEditionNo.TeamCar/EngineCarEngineChassisTireGridWinning MarginRace TimeSpeedDistance
11989Indianapolis Motor Speedway28 May 198973rd20PenskePenske/ChevroletPenskeChevroletPC-18/89Goodyear32 laps2:59:01.049167.581804.672
21993Indianapolis Motor Speedway30 May 199377th4PenskePenske/ChevroletPenskeChevroletPC-22/93Goodyear92.8623:10:49.860157.207804.672