Max Verstappen dating Nelson Piquet’s model daughter amid her dad’s N-word slur

Nelson Piquet, who used a racist slur to describe Lewis Hamilton, has a family full of famous faces with his daughter dating Max Verstappen.

The Red Bull star and reigning drivers' world champion met Brazilian model and journalist Kelly Piquet after she split with former F1 star Daniil Kvyat, with whom she shares daughter Penelope.

Kelly, 33, began handling social media for Formula E back in 2015 having been a regular at races growing up thanks to her famous father. Following a split with Kvyat in 2020, she began dating Verstappen, who is nine years her junior at 24.

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Verstappen, who's father Jos had eight years as an F1 driver, was even asked last year if he would be asking Nelson for advice as he battled Hamilton for glory.

He said at the time: "Of course he’s a legend in Formula 1. It is my own career. I make my own choices and I will never compare myself to other drivers. That just suits me better."

Nelson, who won three World Drivers' Championships between 1981 and 1987, has seven children in total with Kelly coming from his second marriage to Sylvia Tamsma – he is currently in a relationship with Vivianne de Souza Leao.

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In a chat with Servus TV last year, Verstappen revealed in June that he had calmed down during his relationship with Kelly.

He said: "From [the age of] 17 to 23, things change. This is completely normal. Before I used to yell. Now, on the other hand, I am more relaxed."

Meanwhile, in an interview speaking to Brazilian journalist Ricardo Oliveir, Kelly's father Nelson reportedly criticised Hamilton for not leaving Verstappen enough room as they battled for the lead on the first lap at Silverstone.

Piquet, the father of former F1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr, is said to have called the Mercedes driver a term that in Brazil that translates in English to the N-word as well as saying "the little black man".

The comments, that have been widely reported in South America, have been condemned by Hamilton, Mercedes chiefs and also F1 bosses.


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