Emmo Fittipaldi, son of two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson, will step up to the Formula Regional European Championship this year with Sainteloc Racing.
The French team is debuting in FRegional, having ventured out from rallying and sportscars into single-seaters for the first time last year in Formula 4. It has taken over the FREC assets previously owned by FA Racing, and Fittipaldi is its first signing.
Fittipaldi, 16, is going into his third year of single-seater racing. He started in 2021 by racing in Danish F4, which has a lower minimum age than other F4 series, and took two wins and a pole position en route to third in the standings.
For 2022 he joined Van Amersfoort Racing and scored three times in Italian F4 as well as claiming three top-10 finishes in ADAC F4 where he was a guest driver. He was also a finalist in the Ferrari Driver Academy’s Scouting World Final.
“I am very excited to be starting my first season in FREC, with a new team, new hopes,” said Fittipaldi. “I will be learning a lot this year, the team is working very hard for the season.” Sainteloc is due to announce his team-mates in the coming days.
The FREC grid is set to surpass 30 full-time entries this year, with 12 teams competing. All of them have now announced drivers for the upcoming campaign, and including Sainteloc’s announcements there are seven drivers across five teams yet to be confirmed in seats.