Arrogant. Spoilt rich kid. Lucky. Wanker. A lot of people have an opinion about Nelson Piquet Jr, and not many of them are positive. But why do so many people feel such enmity for a driver who, although competing for the GP2 title this weekend, has yet to be seen by most motor racing fans? "I think it's jealousy, probably," the man himself, son of triple Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet, says.
"In motorsport, a lot of people hate me. Fans, I wouldn't know why they hate me; maybe because of my father. But everybody has people that like them and people that don't: that's normal."
Statements like that do a lot to promote the reputation of arrogance that surrounds him, and yet if it had been uttered by his famously caustic father, who once referred to Ayrton Senna as "that Sao Paolo taxi driver", it would have been laughed off as 'typical Nelson'.