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Fittipaldi Eyes Formula E Opportunity

Pietro Fittipaldi is targeting a future drive in the FIA Formula E Championship, e-racing365 can reveal….

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Pietro Fittipaldi is targeting a future drive in the FIA Formula E Championship, e-racing365 can reveal.

Fittipaldi, who is currently leading the World Series Formula V8.3.5 standings, is believed to be in discussions with several teams about becoming an official reserve driver.

The grandson of two-time Formula One World Champion Emerson, the young Brazilian is exploring opportunities with current teams and could embark on a first test in the coming months.

“I think for every driver, Formula E is now very interesting, especially with the technology and all the manufacturers coming in now,” Fittipaldi told e-racing365.

“It is attractive to young drivers, and you have to look at it. I went to some races with Nelson [Piquet], who is a good friend of mine.

“I did London and also went to the Berlin ePrix this year. It was all really cool: the event, the quality of teams and drivers, everything.”

Fittipaldi, who shares the same management team as Piquet Jr, believes that the growing attractiveness of Formula E will open up an added opportunity for young and talented drivers to forge a career in single-seaters

“A lot depends on the opportunities available, but I am definitely interested [in Formula E], yes,”he said.

“My main focus now is winning the World Series, and my eyes are still on F1 long-term, but Formula E is growing a lot and as I say is very interesting there. We will see what shakes-out after this campaign I am currently on.”

Increased Roles for Reserve Drivers?

E-racing365 understands that Formula E is considering the possibility of expanding the shakedown session, which takes place on the afternoon before the scheduled race day.

This could see more opportunity for official reserve drivers to undertake laps, and also to experience Formula E cars in an official ePrix environment.

The likelihood of such a modification to the format of the shakedown sessions is believed to have initially been discussed at a recent meeting between teams and organizers.

Only Panasonic Jaguar Racing and DS Virgin Racing had official test and reserve drivers last season, with Ho-Pin Tung and Alex Lynn filling the roles, respectively.

Sam Smith is e-racing365’s Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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