Former Formula 1 Champion Nelson Piquet takes Driving Lessons

July 31st, 2007

Former triple Formula One motor racing champion Nelson Piquet has been sent to driving awareness school for repeated speeding and parking offences.

 The 54-year-old Nelson Piquet, who won the titles in 1981, 1983 and 1987 lost his license last month after a series of speeding and parking offenses. He didn’t contest the charges. Piquet’s wife, Viviane, also joined her husband in the class after having her license taken away for bad driving. The couple will have to attend mandatory classes over eight days and pass an exam before getting back their licenses.

Piquet told Brazilian media,

I think we have to pay for our mistakes. It’s not just a speeding problem, I got tickets for all kinds of reasons, like parking where I shouldn’t .

Nelson’s son Nelson Piquet Jr., 22, is also making a name for himself in motor racing and is the reserve driver for the Renault Formula One team.

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