Disgraced F1 champion Nelson Piquet punched and kicked driver after crash

Nelson Piquet has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons recently for aiming racial and homophobic slurs at Lewis Hamilton during an interview in Brazil.

The three-time F1 champion attempted to backtrack by apologising and insisting his language had been taken out of context. But he has been widely condemned across the sport while a Brazilian judge ordered an investigation into the matter.

Over the years, he has made a habit of making outrageous remarks, insulting former teammate Nigel Mansell and even Mansell’s wife. When asked in one interview who was the better driver between him and compatriot Ayrton Senna, Piquet callously quipped: “Well, I’m still alive.”

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Senna’s death following a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix caused shockwaves across the sport. He was such an icon in Brazil that he was given a state funeral.

During his career, Piquet didn’t just throw verbal punches but actual ones too. He was even prepared to do so on the side of the track during a Grand Prix.

At the 1982 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Piquet was leading the race in his Brabham when he came up to lap the ATS of Eliseo Salazar, who slowed to let him through, only to miss his braking point and crash into Piquet, taking them both out of the race.

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The pair were friends as Piquet had supported the Chilean on his way to F1. But instead of cutting Salazar some slack for making an honest mistake, Piquet went berserk. Despite the fact both were still wearing their helmets, Piquet struck Salazar with punches and kicks.

Salazar refused to fight back and just walked sombrely away as a furious Piquet eventually calmed down a little. It later emerged that the Brazilian wouldn’t have won the race anyway as his engine was about to expire.

Having won his first F1 title in 1981, Piquet regained the crown in 1983 and won it again, with Williams, in 1987.

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