How Chapman's wonder wedge won Fittipaldi's heart
Emerson Fittipaldi has driven many successful cars - in Formula 1 and Indycars - but his all-time favourite remains the machine in which he took his first world championship in 1972, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year
Double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is a man inextricably linked with the Lotus 72. He took his first world championship grand prix win in a 72, on just his fourth start, scored his first title in the car in 1972, and won nine of his 14 victories in Colin Chapman's wedge-shaped wonder.
Fifty years on from the first time he drove a 72, Fittipaldi doesn't hold back when it comes to lavishing praise on both the car's poise and Chapman's ingenuity. Remember too that he won his second title in McLaren's iconic M23.
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