Pietro Fittipaldi ‘14 to Make Formula 1 Debut on Sunday

Davidson Day School Alumnus Pietro Fittipaldi ‘14 will make his Formula 1 debut in this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix, racing for the Haas Team. 

“It’s going to be exciting to make my first career start in Formula 1,” said Fittipaldi in an interview with Formula1.com.  “I’ll be giving it my all.” 

The race will be televised on ESPN this Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, at noon.  

“Pietro and his support team have been putting in the hard work to reach this position since his days here at Davidson Day School,” said Davidson Day Anthropology Teacher Mat Saunders. “This is the highest level of competition and this is the dream that Pietro has been chasing. It’s really amazing to see him reach this milestone!” 

Fittipaldi will be replacing Romain Grosjean who sustained injuries in a big crash this past weekend in Bahrain.  Fittipaldi has traveled to the majority of the Formula 1 races this season with the Haas Team, and was notified that he would be driving the Sunday, Dec. 6 race on Monday after Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner visited with Grosjean in the hospital. 

“Obviously, it’s not an ideal set of circumstances to get my first opportunity to compete in Formula 1, but I’m extremely grateful to Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for their faith in putting me behind the wheel this weekend,” said Fittipaldi in that same interview with Formula1.com

While at Davidson Day, Pietro was known for his impeccable manners and strong work ethic, even while simultaneously balancing his professional racing career. As a student, Pietro was loved by all of his teachers and classmates and was an outstanding member of the Patriot community. Best of luck to Pietro this weekend and beyond!