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NELSON PIQUET

Nelson Piquet was Brazilian karting champion in 1971 before trying car racing. He wanted to follow the established path to British Formula Three and won the title in 1978. Piquet made his Formula One debut in a privately entered Ensign, then had three races in a privateer McLaren before being snapped up by Brabham. Bernie Ecclestone's team would be his home from home for the next seven years.

Nelson was immediately quick in 1979. He won three grands prix in 1980 and the championship in 1981. He took a second title in 1983, snatching it from Alain Prost at the final race. He left Brabham at the end of 1985 to rejoin Williams. He took a third title in 1987, relying on consistency and reliability after a heavy accident early in the season.

He drove for Benetton in 1990-91 where he won a further three races. He retired from Formula 1 in 1992 and entered the Indianapolis 500. He crashed in qualifying, badly damaging his feet. Many thought the accident would end his career, but Nelson returned to Indy in 1993.

 


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  • Name : Nélson Piquet Souto Maior
  • Birthplace : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Nationality : Brazilian
  • Teams : Benetton, Brabham, Ensign, Lotus, McLaren, Williams
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  • F1 Records : 24 pole positions, 23 wins, 3 championships