Nelson Piquet Souto Maior was born on August 17th 1952, better known as Nelson Piquet, he was a Brazilian racing driver and now a businessman. Since his retirement, Piquet, a three time World Champion, has been ranked among the greatest Formula 1 drivers in various motor sport polls. Piquet started his career racing karts at the age of 14 where he was the Brazilian champion in 1971 and 1976. In 1977 he attempted success in Europe following the in footsteps of Emerson Fittipaldi. Driving in some races of the European Formula 3 Championship, he was placed third overall, with two race wins.
Nelson Piquet at Formula 1
He entered Formula 1 in 1978 but without much success, as his team at the time couldn’t provide him with a good car. He would get his first win only in 1980 at US Grand Prix. As well as winning for the first time that year, Nelson Piquet also finished the world championship competition in second place with two more race wins. His first title came in 1981 with a one point difference ahead of the driver in second place, the Argentinian Carlos Reutemann.
Nelson Piquet also won the titles in 1983 and 1987 having good racing duels with some of the best drivers of all time such as Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost. He had his last season at Formula 1 in 1991 and after his retirement he has been dedicating himself to his business and other investments. But Nelson put his name in history. Let’s see a video with some highlights of his career:
Curiosities About Nelson’s Career
- Before finding his passion for racing, Nelson almost became a professional tennis player.
- He has a degree in engineering and also worked a little bit in this area before racing as a professional.
- In 2007 he got his everyday driving license suspended for breaking the speed limit and had to watch classes about how to behave in traffic.
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