Nelson Piquet might be the son of a multiple world champion with the same name, but, as he tells STEVE COOPER, he's out to prove his own worth
Those expecting the young Nelson Piquet to be a chip off the old block will be in for a surprise. While his triple world champion father might have become infamous for being a slightly louche, lazing playboy with a cheeky grin for the ladies and a handful of wicked one-liners for the press, Nelson Jr is definitely removed from one of the biggest Formula 1 icons of the 1980s.
Like Formula 1's other current 'sons of', Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima, Piquet's reputation extends to surname alone, and there's little in his polite and focused approach that reminds you of his illustrious father. And that's no bad thing: nepotism may still open doors in politics, business and society, but it will only get you so far in motorsport. A famous dad may get your foot in the door, but forcing it open requires skill, dedication and focus.