Sauber Academy driver, Emerson Fittipaldi Jr., will make the step-up to formula cars as he makes his debut in Danish F4 in 2021. The 14-year-old will add the Scandinavian series alongside his current OK karting program on a busy year in which the Brazilian will accrue important single-seater experience.
The F4 Danish Championship will feature 21 races, spread across seven events in Denmark and Sweden, with the calendar starting on April 24-25 in Padborg and ending on October 2-3 at the Jyllandsringen in Silkeborg. Emerson Fittipaldi Jr., part of the team’s program since 2020, previously ran F4 machinery during a test at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in the United States.
Emerson Fittipaldi Jr.: “I look forward to getting my formula car debut and getting to know the Danish racetracks. Even though I do not much about Denmark, the series and tracks, I believe that this is a great opportunity to learn a lot from the Scandinavian drivers, and I look very much forward to that.”
Beat Zehnder, Sporting Director Sauber Motorsport AG: “Emerson Jr. is ready for the next step in his career and Sauber Academy will support him as he makes his debut in single-seaters. To be able to make this leap at such a young age will be challenging, but we are confident this will give him a significant advantage in the long run. We can’t wait to see him progress in this new adventure.”
The Sauber Academy, launched in 2020 and designed to lead drivers from grassroots to the pinnacle of motorsport and nurture the next generation of Formula One drivers, also ranks FIA F2 racer, Théo Pourchaire, and Briton Dexter Patterson amongst its inductees.