Max Verstappen is locked into a titanic battle with Lewis Hamilton for the 2021 F1 world championship, but who is his girlfriend Kelly? What relationship does she have to a Formula One legend?
Verstappen has been in F1 since his debut in 2015, and driving for Red Bull since mid-2016 after a mid-season driver swap.
From 2016-2020, he was only able to take the occasional race win as Hamilton and Mercedes steam-rolled the opposition.
However, in 2021, Red Bull has been more competitive, allowing Verstappen a first shot at the world title.
He currently leads Hamilton by 12 points with five rounds remaining in the season.
Max Verstappen’s girlfriend revealed
Dutchman Verstappen has been in a relationship with Brazilian Kelly Piquet since late 2020.
Piquet, who was born in Germany is a model, blogger and has been active in motorsports PR.
Born in 1988, she is nine years older than 24-year-old Verstappen.
She is currently a member of the social media/PR team for the electric street racing series Formula E.
Piquet had previously been in a relationship with ex-F1 driver Danill Kvyat.
Together they had a daughter in mid-2019, before the relationship ended later that year.
Verstappen himself does not have any children of his own.
Kelly Piquet’s link to an F1 legend
In case you are wondering, yes, Kelly is related to the F1 legend Nelson Piquet.
Three-time world champion Nelson is Kelly’s father.
She is one of three children born to Piquet in his second marraige to Dutchwoman Sylvia Tamsma.
Kelly’s elder brother is Nelson Piquet Jr.
An ex-F1 driver himself, Piquet Jr’s career ended in disgrace after he was found to have deliberately crashed in a race.
In Singapore 2008, his Renault team ordered him to crash and bring out a safety car to assist teammate Fernando Alonso.
It only came to light when Piquet Jr lost his seat in mid-2009.
After F1, he raced in Formula E, winning the first title in 2014-15.
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