Nelson Piquet Jr.
Piquet jr
Driver Details
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Date of Birth 25 July 1985
Date of Death Unknown
Début 2014 Beijing ePrix
Championships 1 (2014/15)
Wins 2
First Win 2015 Long Beach ePrix
Former Teams People's Republic of China NextEV NIO
Formula E Career
Total Entries 45 (45 Starts)
Poles 1
Fastest Laps 4
Total Points 185
FanBoosts 8
Current Season
Team Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing
Number Standings Points
3 9th 51
Nelson Ângelo Tamsma Piquet Souto Maior, son of legendary Brazilian racing driver and triple Formula One champion Nelson Piquet, is a competitor in the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship, set to compete with Jaguar Racing.[1] Better known simply as Nelson Piquet Jr., the Brazilian would go down in the history books as the first FIA Formula E Champion, having won the title from Sébastien Buemi by just a single point at the season finale in London.[2]

However, Piquet Jr. failed to match his season one exploits at all in the following two season, claiming just eight points in 2015/16. Another poor season in 2016/17 followed, prompting Piquet Jr. to leave NextEV NIO for Jaguar Racing.[3] The Brazilian would enjoy a reasonable first season with Jaguar, ending the season in the top ten of the Championship for the first time since his title win.[4]

Piquet would be re-signed by Jaguar for the 2018/19 season alongside Mitch Evans.[5]


Piquet's career began in karting, before he moved to the South American Formula 3 series in 2001, winning the title in his second season.[1] A move to Britain followed in 2003, where Piquet entered the British Formula 3 championship, again claiming the title at the second attempt.[1] 2005 saw Piquet compete in both the inaugural GP2 and A1 GP seasons, as well as get his first taste of Formula One, testing for Williams F1.[1]

After coming second to Lewis Hamilton in the 2006 GP2 championship, Piquet signed for Renault as their official test driver in 2007, before being promoted to a full race seat in 2008.[1] This move may not have been the best of Piquet's career, as his reputation was almost destroyed after it became clear he had deliberately crashed at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to allow team mate Fernando Alonso to take victory.[1] These details emerged after Piquet had been dropped by Renault partway through 2009, with the Brazilian heading to America to race.[1]

A few years in the junior NASCAR categories saw Piquet obtain a NASCAR Sprint Cup drive in 2014, alongside a drive in the Global RallyCross Championship.[1]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Piquet was first approached by China Racing to test their Spark-Renault SRT-01Es at the final Donington Park test in 2014.[6] Shortly before the 2014 Beijing ePrix, Piquet was confirmed as one of their two drivers (the other being Ho-Pin Tung), finishing eighth in the inaugural ePrix.[1] Piquet began to climb up the field in the next four ePrix, taking podiums in Punta del Este and Buenos Aires, followed by fifth place, and fastest lap, in Miami.

The Title TiltEdit

Piquet's breakthrough came at the 2015 Long Beach ePrix. Using a replica of his father's first Grand Prix winning helmet (which Piquet Sr. won in Long Beach almost exactly 35 years before the ePrix), Piquet claimed victory from third on the grid, racing almost unchallenged throughout.[7] The result sent him to second in the championship, a single point behind leader Lucas di Grassi. His success carried through for the rest of the season, as his energy saving style meant he could challenge in the second half of each race.[7]

A podium in Monaco and fourth place in Berlin showed Piquet's style to its maximum potential, before a mirror image of his Long Beach win was witnessed in the 2015 Moscow ePrix.[8] All this meant that Piquet was calling the tune into the season ending double header in London, although his weekend did not start ideally, with Sébastien Buemi taking pole and victory in the First London ePrix.[9] The title would therefore come to the final race of the season, with Buemi just five points behind the Brazilian.

Piquet's luck looked to have run out in the British capital, as a wet qualifying session (for half of the field) saw him take sixteenth on the grid, while Buemi was up in fifth.[10] Yet, a good start, combined with team mate Oliver Turvey pushing the cars around him, saw Piquet steadily climb through the field while also saving energy.[2] An appearance by the BMW Qualcomm i8 safety car was needed to bring Piquet fully into contention for points, with the Brazilian then pulling a series of sensational moves to drag himself into eighth, enough to win the title as Buemi sat in sixth.[2] Buemi almost stole the title in the penultimate corner, but his efforts proved in vain, with Piquet having to thank Bruno Senna for his title victory in the season finale.[2]

Dismal DefendingEdit

As defending Champion, Piquet entered the 2015/16 season among the favourites for the title.[11] Yet, having stuck with the newly re-named NEXTEV TCR team for the first year of manufacturer involvement, the Brazilian's hopes quickly evaporated. A troublesome pre-season saw Piquet and new teammate Oliver Turvey only get a handful of laps in at the 2015 Donington Test, before the Brazilian was outpaced by his new teammate at the season opening 2015 Beijing ePrix.[12]

After claiming points at the 2015 Putrajaya ePrix, largely through his skill at saving energy, Piquet endured a torrid run of non-scores and retirements.[13] His pace did improve after the 2015 Punta del Este Test, although it would take until the season ending double header in London for Piquet to add to his meagre tally. A fastest lap during the 2016 London ePrix I was followed by a ninth place finish in the final race of the season, leaving Piquet behind teammate Turvey in the standings.[14]

Rejuvenation and RecuperationEdit

Piquet and Turvey were retain by NEXTEV (once again undergoing a name change to NextEV NIO) for season three, with Piquet changing his race number to #3.[15] After completing four of the six days of running at the 2016 Donington Test, Piquet would be content that the new car would at least be reliable for the upcoming season, although both himself and Turvey were in the bottom half of the table in terms of outright pace.

Despite a lack of outright pace during the pre-season tests, Piquet stunned the field by claiming pole at the season opening Hong Kong ePrix.[16] However, the NextEV NIO lacked the pace to compete over a race distance, and so Piquet slipped out of the points during the race, even falling behind teammate Turvey.[16] A rather anonymous performance in Marrakech followed, before Piquet finally registered a top five finish in Buenos Aires, his first since season one.[17]

That performance in Buenos Aires began a run of four point scoring races for Piquet Jr., with the Brazilian claiming fourth in Monte Carlo, his best finish of the season.[18] A ninth place finish in Mexico City, and a seventh in Paris came either side of his Monte Carlo exploits, although that would be as good as it got. Indeed, Piquet would fail to score at all between Paris and the end of the season, leaving him to slip out of the top ten in the Championship.

The Piquet PantherEdit

After a second poor season with NextEV, Piquet opted to join Jaguar Racing for 2017/18, taking up an offer originally made ahead of the previous season.[3] He joined Mitch Evans in the team ahead of the 2017 Valencia Test, with the pair fairly evenly matched across the three days.[19] The Brazilian would go on to enjoy a strong start to the season in Hong Kong, fighting for the podium throughout before finishing fourth.[20]

A non-score for Piquet would follow in the second Hong Kong E-Prix, before the Brazilian battled to fourth in Marrakech, also setting fastest lap as he kept Jean-Éric Vergne at bay in the closing stages.[21] The Brazilian then fought with teammate Evans for sixth in Santiago, with Piquet coming out on top.[22] Another fourth place finish, this time with Piquet just falling shy of the podium on the final lap, followed in Mexico City, ahead of a poor run of reliability and luck.[23]

Indeed, over the next six E-Prix Piquet would record just one race finish as a variety of issues ended his races, including two driveshaft failures in Punta del Este and Paris.[24] Two retirements were also caused when the Brazilian's belts were not secured properly after the car-swap, happening twice in Rome and Zürich, before Piquet switched his car off completely during the 2018 New York City E-Prix I after his car swap.[25] The Brazilian would, however, end the season in points, a race long fight with teammate Evans and the two Mahindras seeing the Brazilian finish the campaign in ninth overall.[4]

Interesting I-TimesEdit

Piquet, and Evans, would be retained by Jaguar for the 2018/19 season, with the pair completing another gruelling test programme for the new Jaguar I-Type III.[5]

Full Formula E RecordEdit

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Nelson Piquet Jr.'s career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Nelson Piquet Jr. during their FE career:

Nelson Piquet Jr.'s Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2014/15 People's Republic of China China Racing[6] 99 Spark-Renault SRT_01E 1st 144
2015/16 People's Republic of China NEXTEV TCR[11] 1 NextEV TCR FormulaE 001 15th 8
2016/17 People's Republic of China NextEV NIO[15] 3 NextEV FormulaE 002 11th 33
2017/18 Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing[3] 3 Jaguar I-Type II 9th 51
2018/19 Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing[5] 3 Jaguar I-Type III

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Nelson Piquet Jr.'s full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2014/15 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 1st 144
8th Ret 2nd 3rd 5th 1st 3rd 4th 1st 5th 7th
2015/16 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 15th 8
15th 8th 15th 12th 13th Ret Ret 13th CAN 14th 9th
2016/17 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 11th 33
11th 16th 5th 9th 4th 7th 13th 12th 11th 16th 13th 16th
2017/18 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Uruguay Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States 9th 51
4th 12th 4th 6th 4th Ret Ret Ret 12th Ret Ret 7th


Videos and Images:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 'Driver's Club: Nelson Piquet',, (FIA Formula E, 2015),, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'Bird hails ‘unbelievable’ end to season',, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015),, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Nelson Piquet Jr joins Jaguar for season four',, (FIA Formula E, 21/09/2017),, (Accessed 21/09/2017)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'Champion Vergne victorious as Audi scoops the teams' title in New York finale',, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2018),, (Accessed 16/07/2018)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sam Smith, 'Unchanged Lineup for Jaguar in Season Five',, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 20/06/2018),, (Accessed 20/06/2018)
  6. 6.0 6.1 'Nelson Piquet Jr and Ho-Pin Tung sign for China Racing',, (FIA Formula E, 21/08/2014),, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  7. 7.0 7.1 'Emotional Piquet emulates his father',, (FIA Formula E, 04/04/2015),, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  8. 'Piquet masters Moscow',, (FIA Formula E, 30/06/2015),, (Accessed 09/06/2015)
  9. 'Buemi’s stroll in the park',, (FIA Formula E, 27/06/2015),, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  10. 'Sarrazin takes pole in mixed conditions',, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015),, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  11. 11.0 11.1 'Nelson Piquet Jr signs multi-year Formula E deal',, ( 16/05/2015),, (Accessed 16/05/2015)
  12. 'Buemi to the max in Beijing',, (FIA Formula E, 24/10/2015),, (Accessed 25/10/2015)
  13. 'Di Grassi keeps his cool to win in Putrajaya',, (FIA Formula E, 07/11/2015),, (Accessed 22/11/2015)
  15. 15.0 15.1 'NextEV RETAIN NELSON PIQUET JR AND OLIVER TURVEY: NEXTEV REVEAL DRIVER LINE-UP AND NEW LIVERY FOR 2016/17 SEASON',, (FIA Formula E, 23/08/2016),, (Accessed 23/08/2016)
  16. 16.0 16.1 'Buemi holds on in Hong Kong',, (FIA Formula E, 09/10/2016),, (Accessed 09/10/2016)
  17. 'Buemi becomes hat-trick hero in Buenos Aires',, (FIA Formula E, 18/02/2017),, (Accessed 19/02/2017)
  18. 'Di Grassi fights Buemi to the finish in Monaco',, (FIA Formula E, 13/05/2017),, (Accessed 14/05/2017)
  19. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Val17R
  20. 'Bird clinches victory in Hong Kong',, (FIA Formula E, 02/12/2017),, (Accessed 16/12/2017)
  21. 'Rosenqvist victorious in 2018 ABB FIA Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix',, (FIA Formula E, 13/01/2018),, (Accessed 13/01/2018)
  22. 'Vergne steals the show in epic Santiago E-Prix',, (FIA Formula E, 03/02/2018),, (Accessed 03/02/2018)
  23. 'Abt finally clinches first victory in Mexico City',, (FIA Formula E, 03/03/2018),, (Accessed 04/03/2018)
  24. 'Fairytale ending for home race hero Vergne in Paris',, (FIA Formula E, 28/04/2018),, (Accessed 29/04/2018)
  25. 'Di Grassi victorious as Vergne clinches championship crown',, (FIA Formula E, 14/07/2018),, (Accessed 15/07/2018)