Nelson Piquet, Jr.

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Nelson Angelo Piquet.jpg
Born (1985-07-25) 25 July 1985 (age 36)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityBrazilian
Active years20082009
TeamsRenault
Entries28
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points19
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry2008 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry2009 Hungarian Grand Prix
2009 position21st (0 pts)

Nelson Ângelo Tamsma Piquet Souto Maior[1] (born 25 July 1985 in Heidelberg, West Germany), also known as Nelson Piquet Junior or Nelsinho Piquet, is a racing driver. He is the son of three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet, one of Brazil's most successful F1 drivers. Piquet Junior currently drives part-time in the Camping World Truck Series for Red Horse Racing.

Piquet Jr. raced in the GP2 Series in 2005 and 2006.[2] He drove for the Renault Formula One team for the 2008,[3] before being dropped midway through the 2009 season.[4] After losing his ride, it was revealed that he had crashed on purpose at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. The crash helped his team-mate, Fernando Alonso, win the race.

Personal Details[change | change source]

Piquet's parents separated soon after he was born. He lived in Monaco with his Dutch mother, Sylvia Tamsma, until he was eight years old. He then moved to Brazil with his father. "They kind of swapped me. My mother wanted me to get to know my father, she wanted me to know Brazil and the language, and she realised life in Brazil would be better for a child."[5] Piquet has two sisters, Kelly and Julia, and four brothers, Geraldo, Laszlo, Pedro and Marco. He lived in Brasília and attended the American School of Brasília. When he was 16 years old, he decided to pursue his racing career full-time.

Before F1[change | change source]

Piquet's racing career started in 1993 in Brazilian karting. In 2001 when he moved to Formula Three Sudamericana.[2] He raced in part of the 2001 season, and won the 2002 championship.[6] In 2002 he also entered one race of the Brazilian Formula Renault series.

In 2003, Piquet moved to the UK and joined the British Formula Three Championship. He went on to finish the championship in third place with six wins,[6] five podiums and eight pole positions. A test with the Williams Formula One team followed.[6]

In 2004, Piquet won the British Formula Three Championship. He became the youngest driver to win the championship, at 19 years and 2 months.[2]

In 2005, Piquet took part in the A1 Grand Prix for A1 Team Brazil. He won both the Sprint and Main races at the 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Great Britain, the first ever A1 race.[6] He also set the fastest lap. He drove in the GP2 Series, winning his first race at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, and tested for the BAR-Honda Formula 1 team.[6]

In 2006, Piquet was second in the GP2 championship to Lewis Hamilton.

Throughout hes eary careet, Piquet was able to race for his own team. His father purchased the teams he raced for.

Formula One[change | change source]

Piquet scored the first points of his F1 career at the 2008 French Grand Prix.

During the 2007 season he was the official test and reserve driver for the Renault Formula One team.[7] For 2008 season Piquet was promoted to the Renault race team. He drove alongside returning double World Champion Fernando Alonso.[8]

The first race of the 2008 season in Australia saw Piquet start 21st and damage his car in a collision on the opening lap. He finally retired on lap 31.[9] This was exactly the same result as his father achieved in his first race at the 1978 German Grand Prix. Piquet qualified in 10th for the Spanish Grand Prix his first top 10 qualifying position of his career.[10] Piquet scored his first points in F1 with a 7th-place finish at the French Grand Prix. He passed his team mate Alonso in the last few laps. At the German Grand Prix, finished in second place and his first podium finish.

Piquet at the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix

Renault singed Piquet to a one-year contract for the 2009 season.[11] His first race, in 2009 at Australia ended on lap 24 with brake failure.[12] China was another disappointment. He spun several times, requiring two new nose cones for his car. He finished 16th and last, two laps down, in what team manager Flavio Briatore described as a "very, very bad race".[13][14] His best race of the year was a tenth-place finish at Bahrain.

On 3 August 2009 Piquet confirmed that he had been dropped by Renault.[15] He hit out hard at his former manager and team boss Briatore. He called him his 'executioner' and questioned Briatore's Formula One knowledge. Piquet also said the Renault boss favored teammate Fernando Alonso.[16] Renault's test and reserve driver Romain Grosjean replaced Piquet for the rest of the season.[17]

2009 FIA investigation[change | change source]

After Piquet left the Renault F1 team, the media started making claims about Piquet. They said that had crashed his car on purpose at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. They said he did this to benefit team-mate Fernando Alonso. Alonso had made an early pit stop, and was far behind the leaders. Alonso went on to win the race.[18][19] At the time, Piquet had said the crash as a simple mistake.

Piquet told the FIA that it had been on purpose. He said had been asked by Renault team principal Flavio Briatore and engineer Pat Symonds to stage the crash. In return for his statement, Piquet was given immunity by the FIA.[20] On 4 September 2009 Renault F1 was charged with conspiracy and race fixing. On 16 September, Renault announced they would not contest the charges, and that Briatore and team engineer Symonds had left the team.[21][22]

Piquet has received criticism from many in the F1 community. BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle suggested that Piquet Jr. was now unemployable in Formula One, saying that no team or sponsor would want to be associated with the Piquet family.[20][23] Piquet decided to move to NASCAR for 2010.[24]

NASCAR[change | change source]

Piquet made his stock car debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Daytona International Speedway. He has made several races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He drove one race for Red Horse Racing.[25] In his first truck race, Piquet was managed to score a sixth-place effort, the first Brazilian driver to finish in the top ten in the series history. Piquet announced that he would be competing in three races for Billy Ballew Motorsports.[26] In August, he competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Watkins Glen International road course. He finished seventh in his first start in the series.[27]

Racing record[change | change source]

Career summary[change | change source]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2001 Formula Three Sudamericana Piquet Sports 7 1 1 77 5th
2002 Formula Three Sudamericana Piquet Sports 17 16 13 296 1st
2003 British Formula Three Piquet Sports 23 8 6 231 3rd
Macau Grand Prix Hitech Racing 1 0 0 N/A 8th
Masters of Formula Three Piquet Sports 1 1 0 N/A 2nd
F3 Korea Super Prix Hitech Racing 1 0 0 N/A 3rd
2004 British Formula Three Piquet Sports 24 5 6 282 1st
European Formula Three Cup Piquet Sports 1 1 0 N/A 4th
Macau Grand Prix Piquet Sports 1 0 0 N/A 10th
Masters of Formula Three Piquet Sports 1 0 0 N/A 8th
Bahrain F3 Superprix Piquet Sports 1 0 0 N/A NC
Porsche Supercup Porsche AG VIP Team 1 0 0 0 NC
2005 GP2 Series Hitech-Piquet Sports 22 0 1 46 8th
2005-06 A1 Grand Prix Brazil 14 2 2 71# 6th#
2006 GP2 Series Piquet Sports 21 6 4 102 2nd
Le Mans 24 Hours Russian Age Racing (GT1) 1 0 0 N/A 4th
Mil Milhas Brasil Cirtek Motorsport (GTP1) 1 0 1 N/A 1st
2007 Formula One Renault Test driver
2008 Formula One Renault 18 0 0 19 12th
2009 Formula One Renault 10 0 0 0 21st
2010 ARCA Eddie Sharp Racing 3 0 0 450 50
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Red Horse Racing 1 0 0 150 NC
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Billy Ballew Motorsports 3 0 0 418 NC
NASCAR Nationwide Series Baker Curb Racing 1 0 0 146 NC

# Includes points scored by other Team Brazil drivers.

Complete GP2 Series results[change | change source]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 Hitech–Piquet Racing SMR
FEA

14
SMR
SPR

6
ESP
FEA

5
ESP
SPR

2
MON
FEA

11
EUR
FEA

5
EUR
SPR

3
FRA
FEA

Ret
FRA
SPR

DSQ
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

3
GER
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

10
TUR
FEA

4
TUR
SPR

6
ITA
FEA

3
ITA
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

1
BEL
SPR

14
BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

15
8th 46
2006 Piquet Sports VAL
FEA

1
VAL
SPR

4
SMR
FEA

5
SMR
SPR

2
EUR
FEA

Ret
EUR
SPR

19
ESP
FEA

4
ESP
SPR

2
MON
FEA

Ret
GBR
FEA

4
GBR
SPR

5
FRA
FEA

4
FRA
SPR

2
GER
FEA

13
GER
SPR

DNS
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

1
TUR
FEA

1
TUR
SPR

5
ITA
FEA

2
ITA
SPR

6
2nd 102

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[change | change source]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 Brazil GBR
SPR

1
GBR
FEA

1
GER
SPR

3
GER
FEA

Ret
POR
SPR

2
POR
FEA

8
AUS
SPR

3
AUS
FEA

9
MYS
SPR

4
MYS
FEA

10
UAE
SPR

Ret
UAE
FEA

Ret
RSA
SPR

Ret
RSA
FEA

9
IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

USA
SPR

USA
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

6th 71

Complete Formula One results[change | change source]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
2008 ING Renault F1 Team Renault R28 Renault RS27 2.4 L V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
11
BHR
Ret
ESP
Ret
TUR
15
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
7
GBR
Ret
GER
2
HUN
6
EUR
11
BEL
Ret
ITA
10
SIN
Ret
JPN
4
CHN
8
BRA
Ret
12th 19
2009 ING Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 2.4 L V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
13
CHN
16
BHR
10
ESP
12
MON
Ret
TUR
16
GBR
12
GER
13
HUN
12
EUR BEL ITA SIN JPN BRA ABU 21st 0

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