Wilson Fittipaldi

While today (subject to your religious persuasions) may be all about the birthday of a certain specific figure, it’s also a very special day in a certain motorsport household, with former F1 driver Wilson Fittipaldi turning 68 years old today!

The elder brother to double World Champion and Indy 500 victor Emerson Fittipaldi, Wilson’s F1 career was considerably briefer and less successful, achieving just three championship points in 35 races spanning three seasons.

Nonetheless, Wilson was certainly no slouch behind the wheel and showed a decent turn of speed in his two luckless seasons with Brabham (1972-3) before he returned to Brazil to concentrate on setting up the Copersucar-backed Fittipaldi F1 team.

Joining the club of Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney and Bruce McLaren in becoming a driver to pilot his own car, he failed to replicate their success and dropped back after a single season as owner/driver, making way for Emerson, who could achieve little better in what turned out to be a disastrous career move. The team eventually folded in the early 1980s, but Wilson went on to concentrate on the family’s other business interests and the burgeoning career of his son, Christian, who would also go on to race in Formula 1 in the early 1990s.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.