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Nelson Piquet

Nelson Piquet, 1980. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009, part of the Colin Taylor Productions Collection. Used with permission.

Nelson Piquet, 1980. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009, part of the Colin Taylor Productions Collection. Used with permission.

Nelson Piquet, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 12th July 2013. Copyright Carlos Ghys, 2013. Used with Permission.

Nelson Piquet, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 12th July 2013. Copyright Carlos Ghys, 2013. Used with Permission.

Born:

17 Aug 1952
Rio de Janeiro

Nationality:

Brazil

Grands Prix:

204 (1978-1991)

Indy 500s:

1 (1992-1993)

His racing career came to a virtual halt in 1992 after a big crash at Indianapolis and he still suffers slightly from the crash injuries. Now a grandfather, he is a successful businessman with a satellite tracking company in Brazil. He also keenly follows and guides his son, Nelson Angelo. Piquet Sr ran the GP2 team which featured his son, but sold it after Nelsinho's progression, but still acts as a consultant. Has now retired, his last race being a win at the Mille Mihila with his son, Bouchut and Castroneves in 2006. Nelson's youngest son Pedro has also started racing! Piquet, all those years ago, actually started in racing as a motorcycle mechanic in Alex Dias Ribeiro's motorcycle workshop in Brasilia - Camber. Nelson recently had heart surgery, but has made a good recovery over the last few years since the operation.

Biography last updated 3 Jun 2017