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Christian Fittipaldi (born January 18, 1971) is a Brazilian former racing driver who has competed in various forms of motorsport including Formula One, Champ Car and NASCAR. Named after the less known Brazilian driver Christian Heins (killed at the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans), he was a highly rated young racing driver in the early 1990s, and participated in 43 Formula One Grands Prix for Minardi and Footwork between 1992 and 1994. He is the son of former Grand Prix driver and team owner Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, and the nephew of two-time Formula One Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi.

Early years[]

Born in São Paulo, Fittipaldi was second in the Brazilian Formula Ford in 1988. After finishing third in the South American Formula 3 in 1989, in 1990 he won the title in the Formula 3 Sudamericana and the fourth place in the British Formula 3.

In 1991, the Brazilian was installed in Europe to compete in the Formula 3000, where he captured two wins and seven podiums in ten races to obtain the championship against Alessandro Zanardi. Later, he was third in the Macau Grand Prix of Formula 3.

Formula One[]

His jump into Formula 1 happened in 1992 with Minardi, one of the most modest teams of the grid at the time; he scored a single point in 1992. Christian is the first Formula One driver to be born in the 1970s. Next year, he managed to score a total of five points in the Drivers' Championship, but the team decided to do away with him with two races to go in the season. The following season, he competed in the Footwork team and earned two fourth places, adding to a total of six points in the championship (as those finishes were his only points-paying results year). At the end of the 1994 season Fittipaldi decided to try his luck in the racing competitions in the United States.

In 2016, in an academic paper that reported a mathematical modeling study that assessed the relative influence of driver and machine, Fittipaldi was ranked the 11th best Formula One driver of all time.

Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos.
1992 Italy Minardi Team Minardi-Lamborghini 1 17th
1993 Italy Minardi Team Minardi-Lamborghini 5 13th
1994 United Kingdom Footwork Ford Footwork-Ford 6 15th

Career Statistics[]

Entries 43
Starts 40
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest Laps 0
Points 12
Laps Raced 2141
Distance Raced 9760 km (6065 mi)

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One Results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts Pos
1992 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Brazil (1968–1992).svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 1 17th
Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret 8th 13th DNQ DNQ DNQ 12th 6th 9th
1993 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 5 13th
4th Ret 7th Ret 8th 5th 9th 8th 12th 11th Ret Ret 8th 9th
1994 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the Pacific Community.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 6 15th
Ret 4th 13th Ret Ret DSQ 8th 9th 4th 14th Ret Ret 8th 17th 8th 8th
Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap DNS Did not start
18th Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance) NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)
4thP Qualified for pole position [+] More Symbols


See also[]

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior (Father)

Emerson Fittipaldi (Uncle)

Pietro Fittipaldi

Notes[]

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