Former F1 driver Wilson Fittipaldi in hospital after cardiac arrest

Former Formula One driver Wilson Fittipaldi Jr. suffered a cardiac arrest on Christmas Day while celebrating his 80th birthday, his wife has announced on social media. The Brazilian racing legend, brother of two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, is currently in intensive care and undergoing medical evaluation.

Choking Incident Precedes Arrest:

According to Fittipaldi Jr.’s wife, Bruna, he choked on a piece of meat during dinner and lost consciousness. He was immediately resuscitated and rushed to a local hospital, where he received medical intervention for the cardiac arrest.

Current Status and Uncertain Future:

As of now, Fittipaldi Jr. remains sedated and intubated. His wife posted on his Instagram account, expressing their family’s gratitude for the outpouring of support and requesting privacy while he undergoes treatment. “He has a difficult post-surgical history of returning post-sedative, one day at a time, let’s wait,” Bruna wrote.

Racing Legacy and Family Ties:

Fittipaldi Jr. participated in 38 Formula One Grands Prix between 1972 and 1975, achieving a podium finish in the 1975 Argentine Grand Prix. He is also known for founding the Fittipaldi-Copersucar team with his brother Emerson, which competed in Formula One from 1975 to 1982.

Beyond Formula One, Fittipaldi Jr. enjoyed success in other motorsport categories, including IndyCar and the World Sportscar Championship. He carried on the family legacy, following in the footsteps of his brother Emerson and uncle José, both of whom also raced in Formula One.

Fans Share Support and Concern:

The news of Fittipaldi Jr.’s cardiac arrest has sent shockwaves through the motorsport community. Fans and fellow drivers have taken to social media to express their concern and offer prayers for his recovery.

“Thinking of Wilson Fittipaldi and his family today,” tweeted former Formula One driver Felipe Massa. “Get well soon, Wilson!”

“Our thoughts are with Wilson Fittipaldi and his family at this difficult time,” posted the official McLaren Racing account.

Uncertainty Lingers:

While the medical team continues to monitor Fittipaldi Jr.’s condition, the full extent of his medical situation and long-term prognosis remain unclear. His family has requested privacy and understanding as they navigate this challenging time.

The motorsport world and beyond await news of his recovery, hoping to see the legendary driver back on his feet and embracing his passion for racing once again.