|Nelson Piquet Jr.|
|Date of Birth||25th July 1985|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2014 Beijing ePrix|
|First Win||2015 Long Beach ePrix|
|Former Teams||NextEV NIO|
|Formula E Career|
|Total Entries||42 (42 Starts)|
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.
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. A move to Britain followed in 2003, where Piquet entered the British Formula 3 championship, again claiming the title at the second attempt. 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.
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. 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. These details emerged after Piquet had been dropped by Renault partway through 2009, with the Brazilian heading to America to race.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
As defending Champion, Piquet entered the 2015/16 season among the favourites for the title. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. A rather anonymous performance in Marrakech followed, before Piquet finally registered a top five finish in Buenos Aires, his first since season one.
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. 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. He joined Mitch Evans in the team ahead of the 2017 Valencia Test.
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|
|2014/15||China Racing||99||Spark-Renault SRT_01E||1st||144|
|2015/16||NEXTEV TCR||1||NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 001||15th||8|
|2016/17||NextEV NIO||3||NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 002||11th||33|
|2017/18||Jaguar Racing||3||Jaguar I-Type 2|
Below is a table showing Nelson Piquet Jr.'s full Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- Liviacastrioto, 'Piquet Jr NASCAR', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 08/06/2011), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Piquet,_Jr.#mediaviewer/File:Piquet_Jr_NASCAR.JPG, (Accessed 07/07/2015)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 'Driver's Club: Nelson Piquet', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/drivers-club/nelson-piquet.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'Bird hails ‘unbelievable’ end to season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/bird-hails-unbelievable-end-to-season.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 'Nelson Piquet Jr joins Jaguar for season four', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/nelson-piquet-jr-joins-jaguar-for-season-four/, (Accessed 21/09/2017)
- ↑ 'Nelson Piquet Jr and Ho-Pin Tung sign for China Racing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/08/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/august/nelson-piquet-jr-and-ho-pin-tung-sign-for-china-racing.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 'Emotional Piquet emulates his father', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/04/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/april/piquet-cruises-to-victory-in-long-beach.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Piquet masters Moscow', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/piquet-increases-lead-in-championship-with-moscow-win.aspx, (Accessed 09/06/2015)
- ↑ 'Buemi’s stroll in the park', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/buemi-wins-as-edams-renault-clinch-team-title.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
- ↑ 'Sarrazin takes pole in mixed conditions', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/sarrazin-takes-pole-in-mixed-conditions.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 'Nelson Piquet Jr signs multi-year Formula E deal', motorsport.com, (Motorsport.com 16/05/2015), http://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/nelson-piquet-jr-signs-multi-year-formula-e-deal/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter, (Accessed 16/05/2015)
- ↑ 'Buemi to the max in Beijing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/10/2015),http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/october/buemi-wins-swusp-beijing-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/10/2015)
- ↑ 'Di Grassi keeps his cool to win in Putrajaya', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/11/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/november/di-grassi-keeps-his-cool-to-win-in-putrajaya.aspx, (Accessed 22/11/2015)
- ↑ 'BUEMI WINS TITLE AFTER SPECTACULAR FINALE: VISA FASTEST LAP ENDS UP DECIDING THE 2015/16 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/buemi-wins-title-after-spectacular-finale/, (Accessed 04/07/2016)
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 'Buemi holds on in Hong Kong', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/10/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/october/buemi-holds-on-in-hong-kong/, (Accessed 09/10/2016)
- ↑ 'Buemi becomes hat-trick hero in Buenos Aires', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 18/02/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/february/buemi-becomes-hat-trick-hero-in-buenos-aires/, (Accessed 19/02/2017)
- ↑ 'Di Grassi fights Buemi to the finish in Monaco', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/05/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/may/di-grassi-fights-buemi-to-the-finish-in-monaco/, (Accessed 14/05/2017)