“He will be fatigued but he is young, he is strong, he trains all the time so he will get through it but for sure it will be a tough day. In my opinion, finishing the race is a success tomorrow.”
Fittipaldi has a lot to live up to as he is the third generation of his racing family to compete in F1, with his 73-year old grandfather in two-time champion Emerson looking on with pride.
The 24-year-old is conscious the under-performing Haas car will give him little ammunition to fight his way through the field, but he disagrees with Steiner’s expectations and wants do to more than just reach the finish.
Ready to attack from the start Fittipaldi said: “I think the first lap is going to be interesting. Going into my first race, every move I make it has to be decisive. Every time you are undecisive, that is when s**t happens.
“So, for my first race, when I make a move I have got to be decisive but also thinking that my main priority is I’ve got to finish the race because it's gathering information for the team.
“Obviously, it is my first race and it’s difficult to practice for race conditions, so I’m going to be learning a lot throughout the race tomorrow like racing in dirty air. It’s not just reaching the flag. I want to do my best.”
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