Enzo Fittipaldi will make his FIA Formula 2 debut next weekend at Monza, replacing David Beckmann at Charouz.
The 20-year Brazilian has raced for the team in FIA Formula 3 this season, scoring his first podium finish last month in Hungary by finishing second, prior to stepping down for last weekend’s round at Spa-Francorchamps.
The grandson of two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is expected to contest the final four rounds of the F2 season alongside fellow countryman Guilherme Samaia.
“I am extremely happy to be making my debut in the FIA Formula 2 championship,” said Fittipaldi.
“I really want to thank Charouz Racing System and all my sponsors for this opportunity. We had a very solid first part of the F3 season together and I am looking forward to the next chapter.”
Prior to his spell in F3, Fittipaldi won the Italian Formula 4 title in 2018 and finished runner-up the following year in the Formula Regional European Championship.
“Monza will be my first time in an F2 car and I’m very excited! I will have a huge learning curve ahead with a 45 minute practice and then straight to qualifying but nonetheless, I can’t wait to get in the car at Monza. The goal will be to gain as much experience as possible to get me more prepared for the last three F2 rounds.”
Beckmann finished third in the season-opening F2 race in Bahrain, and scored a second podium in Baku with the runner-up spot in the second sprint race. The German has cited financial reasons for stepping down.
“I’m sorry to leave Charouz Racing System for the end of the FIA Formula 2 season,” said Beckmann. “It’s not an easy choice, but I had to do it because it’s the right thing. The financial situation has dramatically changed compared to the start of this project, but this doesn’t change the great work we did together.
“I want to thank all the team for the support and the experiences we lived together, especially in such a strange and complicated year like the one we are racing. I wish them the best of luck for the rest of the year.”
“We’re all very happy to welcome Enzo to the F2 squad”, added Team Manager Bob Vavrik.
“The plan was racing together for the 2022 season, with a winter training and testing program.
“Unfortunately, David had to shift his focus onto the family business in this difficult situation, which of course is sad news for us because he was doing a great job with us and we could have had a great second part of the season.#
“Of course, we totally understand his choice and we respect this responsible decision. At this point, to promote Enzo in the Formula 2 program sounded like the cleverest and also natural choice.”
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