Pietro Fittipaldi (Lotus) took a stunning ninth pole position of the season at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, dominating the first qualifying session for the World Series Formula V8 3.5 at the Mexican venue. In the seventh round of the championship, the Brazilian was the class of the field with a lap of 1:31.382, the quickest turned so far this weekend. He also set the record for the most poles in a single season. After going tie with Daniel Ricciardo (2010) and Kevin Magnussen (2013), Fittipaldi has now a solitary record of nine.
Pietro was followed on-track by his grandfather Emerson, a World F.1 Champion in 1972 and 1974, who was welcomed for the first time in a World Series event. He is part of a paddock that already became a sensational sightseeing for the thousands of fans who already showed up to enjoy the event.
Lining-up alongside the Brazilian on the grid for today’s race 1 will be Alex Palou (Teo Martin Motorsport) who was once again the best rookie. He is looking forward to replicate his Nurburgring win. The second row will be shared by Matevos Isaakyan (SMP Racing by AVF) and by the leading Mexican driver on the grid, Alfonso Celis Jr. (Fortec Motorsports).
“Yesterday was a mixed day so coming to qualifying it was a bit of an unknown but we eventually did it! We got pole position and fore sure I’m really happy, the team gave me a great car. Now let’s stay focused for the races”.