Nelson Piquet is a Brazilian retired racing driver and businessman. Piquet, a three-time World Champion, has been voted among the best drivers to compete in Formula One (F1) since he retired from the sport. These rankings can be found in a variety of motorsports polls.

Piquet had a brief career in tennis until he lost interest in the sport. After that, he switched his focus to karting and concealed his name so that his father wouldn’t find out about his newfound passion.

Nelson Piquet
Nelson Piquet

In 1971 and 1972, he won the Brazilian national karting championship, and in 1976, he took first place in the Formula Vee championship.

Piquet proceeded to Europe on the recommendation of Emerson Fittipaldi, where he achieved even greater success by breaking the record for the most wins in Formula Three in 1978, so surpassing Jackie Stewart’s previous all-time record.

During the same year, he competed in Formula One for the Ensign team, as well as for McLaren and Brabham. Piquet made the transfer to the Brabham squad in 1979, where he finished in second place in 1980 and then won the championship the following year, 1981.

Piquet’s performance in 1982 was negatively impacted by significant engine unreliability; nonetheless, he experienced a comeback in 1983 and won his second world title.

Nelson Piquet Children: Kelly Piquet, Nelson Piquet Jr., Julia Piquet, Pedro Estacio Piquet, Geraldo Piquet, Laszlo Piquet and Marco Piquet

Kelly Piquet, Nelson Piquet Jr., Julia Piquet, Pedro Estacio Piquet, Geraldo Piquet, Laszlo Piquet, and Marco Piquet are the children of Nelson Piquet.

Kelly Piquet

Kelly Piquet is a Brazilian model, columnist, blogger and public relations professional. Originally from Homburg, Germany, Kelly Piquet now resides in New York City. One of Nelson Piquet’s three-time Formula One World Champion sons is her maternal grandmother, Sylvia Tamsma, an internationally renowned Dutch model.

She grew up in the south of France for most of her formative years. She relocated to Brazil when she was 12 years old and stayed there until she was 15 years old.

Nelson Piquet Jr.

He is a Brazilian stock car racing driver and former Formula One and Formula E driver where he was champion in the 2014–15 season. He currently drives the No. 33 Toyota Corolla E210 for Motul TMG Racing in the Brazilian Stock Car Pro Series.

In addition, he competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship in a Rebellion R-One LMP1. As a test driver for Renault Formula One in 2007, he was promoted to the racing team in 2008 before being sacked midway through that season. He is the son of three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet.

Julia Piquet

Julia Tamsma Piquet is a well-known celebrity child who is the daughter of Nelson and Sylvia Tamsma. Her 69-year-old father, Lewis Hamilton, has been the talk of the town after he made a series of racist remarks.

Pedro Piquet

F1 legend Nelson Piquet, Jr.’s half-brother, is also a racing driver. He has won the Brazilian Formula 3 Championship in 2014 and 2015, as well as a number of other youth racing titles.


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