Did you know... that Piquet was wearing a replica of his father's crash helmet in Long Beach when he scored his first Formula E win? Nelson Snr took his first F1 win at the same track in 1980.
Nelson Piquet Jr will forever be remembered as the winner of the first FIA Formula E Championship. The Brazilian clinched the drivers’ title by one point over Sebastien Buemi at the final race in London.
His title defence was stymied by a difficult, overweight car, but the NextEV NIO team has made big gains ahead of season three and he's hoping to get back among the winners again.
Piquet’s first taste of Formula E was at the final pre-season test at Donington Park and he quickly went on to establish himself as a title challenger with regular podium finishes and securing two victories at Long Beach and Moscow en route to being crowned champion.
He began karting from an early age in his home country of Brazil winning three national championships before making the step-up to single-seaters in Formula 3. In 2004, Piquet made his Formula 1 test debut for Williams before racing in the inaugural season of GP2 and participating in A1GP for Team Brazil.
Piquet signed as an official test driver for the Renault F1 team and eventually earned a race seat with Renault for the 2008 and 2009 seasons scoring one podium at the 2008 German Grand Prix. He has also competed in various American categories such as NASCAR and Global RallyCross Championship.
2014 - present - FIA Formula E Championship, NextEV, Champion (14/15), 2 wins
2012-2013 – NASCAR Nationwide, Turner, 1 win
2010-2012 – NASCAR Camping World Trucks, Red Horse, Kevin Harvick, Turner, 2 wins
2008-09 – Formula 1, Renault
2005-06 – GP2, Piquet Sports, 5 wins
2003-04 – British Formula 3, Piquet Sports, Champion (’04), 12 wins
2001-02 – F3 Sudamerica – Piquet Sports, Champion (’02), 14 wins