For many years Emerson Fittipaldi held the record of the youngest world champion, until the new breed of Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel lowered the bar.
Now we need to keep an eye out for Emmo’s grandson Pietro, who has just won NASCAR Limited Late Model series at the age of….15!
Racing under a special licence, Fittipaldi minimus has come up through karts and this season entered the Limited Late Model series, a 24 round championship, which is a breeding ground for NASCAR stars of the future.
“I’m very proud, not because he is my grandson, but because he’s the first Brazilian to win this title and he’s very young,” said the two times world champion.
At the moment Pietro is saying that he wants to follow a path to NASCAR, but if he’s got real ability it may be that his grandfather – not to mention his uncle, Max Papis – will steer him towards open wheel cars and F1,
“I follow Formula One but found NASCAR to be more competitive,” Pietro told motorsport.com’s Nancy Knapp Schilke in July. “In F1 the ratio is 80/20 with 80% being the team and only 20% is the driver and there are only two to three top teams in F1 so it really depends on the team. But in NASCAR it is a 50/50 ratio for the team and the driver and most of the teams are very competitive.”
We’ll see how long he carries on thinking like that..