Wilson Fittipaldi dead at 80: Former F1 star and team owner dies after Christmas dinner incident

F1 legend Wilson Fittipaldi dies aged 80 after choking during Christmas dinner

Brazilian former F1 star Wilson Fittipaldi has passed away at the age of 80 after a tragic incident. He had been in the hospital since Christmas, following an incident where he choked on a piece of meat during dinner, leading to a cardiac arrest.

He started 35 F1 races between 1972 and 1975
He started 35 F1 races between 1972 and 1975 Credit: Getty

Wilson Fittipaldi’s death was a great loss to the motorsport community as he made significant contributions to the sport. Despite the efforts to save him, he unfortunately passed away on Friday.

Leading figures in the motorsport world shared their condolences, with Fabiana Ecclestone expressing deep sorrow over Fittipaldi’s passing.

Fittipaldi, who started 35 F1 races between 1972 and 1975 and earned three points during his career, was also instrumental in establishing the first and only Brazilian F1 team, Fittipaldi-Copersucar, in 1974.

Fittipaldi set up the first and only Brazilian F1 team in 1974
Fittipaldi set up the first and only Brazilian F1 team in 1974Credit: AFP

Despite facing health challenges in the past, Fittipaldi remained active in the motorsport community and was present at events until recently. His legacy and impact on the sport will not be forgotten.

Tributes poured in on social media, with many expressing their sadness over Fittipaldi’s passing. Fans and colleagues alike shared their condolences and fond memories of the former racing driver.

Our thoughts are with the family, friends, and admirers of Wilson Fittipaldi Jr. during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.


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