Emerson Fittipaldi

Country Brazil
Date of Birth 12-12-46
  Lotus Career
Debut 18-7-70
Last Race 7-10-73 5-10-80
Races 43 144
Wins 8 14
Podiums 20 35
Poles 4 6
Points 134 281

Note: Above the Lotus column refers to the use of a Lotus chassis, as well as driving for Team Lotus

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"Emmo" joined Team Lotus as a third driver in 1970 after driving for them in F3 and F2, but soon became the team leader after the death of Jochen Rindt and the sacking of John Miles. Was injured in a road accident in 1971 and suffered a lack of form. In 1972 he became the youngest person to win the World Championship (broken by Fernando Alonso in 2005 and now held by Lewis Hamilton in 2008) and with it the Constructor's Championship (as his team mate Dave Walker failed to score any points).

After losing the 1973 World Championship to Jackie Stewart, being heavily outqulified (and almost beaten in the championship) by Ronnie Peterson and maybe predicting the demise of the Lotus 72, he moved to McLaren. He claimed the World Championship again in 1974, but lost out to Niki Lauda in 1975.

Becoming disgusted with the political overtones of F1, he started the Copersucar team (later called Fittipaldi) with his elder brother Wilson and funding from a Brazillian sugar company. The move was not a good one and he spent most of the time at the back of the grid. With the highlight of a second place in Brazil in 1978 he retired with massive debts in 1980. Remarkably his career didn't end there, and after some hard work rebuilding his fortune he made a comeback to IndyCar in 1984 and managed to win the Indy 500 twice and the championship in 1989 before retiring after a shunt at the Michigan 500 in 1996 and a small plane crash later on.

In 2003 has formed Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing to contest the CART series. In 2005 finishes a very close second to Nigel Mansell in the first Grand Prix Masters race.

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