Shock as F1 legend is robbed in Italy

The robbery reportedly took place at Fittipaldi's residence in Lake Garda, Brescia

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Legendary Formula 1 driver, Emerson Fittipaldi lost 250,000 Euros worth of valuables when his villa in Italy was robbed on July 13th.

Valuables such as golden jewellery, Rolex watches and clothing are amongst some of the items stolen from the two-time F1 champion’s property near Lake Garda, Brescia.

Fortunately, neither Fittipaldi nor his family were home when the burglary took place, and only discovered the crime when they returned in the evening. Local press estimates the value of the theft to be 250,000 Euros, or $281,000.

An esteemed name in the racing community, Emerson Fittipaldi won the 1972 and 1974 F1 world championships, whilst the nephews of the 76-year-old are currently working in motorsport too.

Emerson Fittipaldi won 14 races and collected 35 podiums as he became the-then youngest ever world champion at the age of 25, and the first Brazilian to ever win the ultimate prize of motorsport.

His status as the youngest ever F1 champion would last all the way to 2005, until Fernando Alonso triumphed with Renault at the age of 24.

Racing Dynasty

Emerson would go on to win the Indianapolis 500 twice in 1989 and 1993 but never managed to complete the ‘Triple Crown’ before retiring from racing in 1996 – bar a one-off return to WEC in 2014.

Enzo Fittipaldi is currently eighth in Formula 2, the final step before F1, and is partnered with the Red Bull development programme whilst his older brother, Pietro Fittipaldi, is a reserve driver for Red Bull and made his debut in the top class of open-wheel racing in 2020.

Pietro stood-in for Romain Grosjean following the Frenchman’s fiery crash at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix and has gone on to compete in endurance racing in Europe and the United States. He currently remains Haas F1’s reserve and test driver.

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