F1 Legends - A tribute to Nelson Piquet

Among the many champions who in the past have made the Formula 1 cannot go unnoticed Nelson Piquet Souto Maior, known as Nelson Piquet. The Brazilian driver, class of 1952, became known in the circus of F1 in the years ' 80, the golden age of automotive Championship par excellence.

Piquet's debut in Formula 1 came in the 1978 British Grand Prix Germany, aboard a Ensign. The first experience was not the best, with a 21 St place in qualifying and a engine failure in the race after 31 laps, while occupied the twelfth position. He participated in the subsequent three rounds aboard a McLaren M23. With this car he obtained two retires and a ninth place at the Grand Prix of Italy. In Canada, for the last race of the season, racing with a Brabham-Alfa Romeo and was also confirmed for the following season.

In 1979 his teammate was the great Niki Lauda. This season he managed to get noticed, being able to compete with the famous teammate, although the car was not competitive at all. The results were outstanding, with the highest point in fourth place in the Dutch Gp.

In 1980 came the definitive explosion of Nelson Piquet became the first driver of the team after the retirement of Lauda. The Brazilian driver won his first podium in Argentina, where he finished second behind Alan Jones for Williams. His first win in F1 came in United States Grand Prix West in Long Beach. Will close the season in second place behind Alan Jones.

In 1981 he won the first world title, winning by a single point on the Argentinian Carlos Reutemann's Williams. His second world title instead will come in 1983, when will he win the competition against Alain Prost (Renault).

For the next two years could not be particularly competitive and in 1986 he left Brabham to relocate to the Williams-Honda. In Williams fought often with his teammate Nigel Mansell, coming to fight for the title in 1986 and in 1987. In 1986 the two drivers were beaten from Prost at the last race, while in 1987 Piquet won his third title by taking advantage of an injury to Mansell to close games.

In 1988 and 1989 ran for Lotus without getting victories. In its two last season in F1 racing for Benetton, winning two races and closing third in the championship in 1990. He retired in 1991, the year he won his last race in F1 at the Canadian GP.

In 14 seasons he won three world titles, 23 WINS and 60 podiums (out of 204 Gp) and 24 pole. Numbers that are not enough to explain the talent of one of the greatest drivers ever!
Author vdc1985
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