Pedro Piquet is a Brazilian racing driver, a son of the three-time F1 champion Nelson Piquet and a half-brother of the former F1 driver and Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr.
Like his father and half-brother, Pedro already showed the championship-winning potential in his short career, capturing two titles in the Brazilian Formula 3 in 2014 and 2015. Pedro currently competes in the GP3 Series, a ladder series two steps below the Formula 1, and his ultimate plan is to succeed a father in the premier open-wheel championship.
Pedro Piquet and Nelson Piquet
Brazilian karting champion early in a career
As a son of three-time Formula 1 champion, Pedro Piquet was predestined to become a racing driver. Born in July 1998 in Brasilia, he started to race very early, at the age of eight. He had very successful karting career, scoring numerous wins and three national championship titles.
Pedro switched to car racing in 2014, entering the Toyota Racing Series at New Zealand. He participated in just three rounds in January 2014, then leaving the series due to licensing problems.
Pedro Piquet early in a career
Brazilian Formula 3 champion in 2014 and 2015
Back in Brazil, Pedro entered national Formula 3 Championship with Cesario F3 team and captured his first championship title in a rookie season. He won eleven of sixteen races in the #5 Dallara F309-Berta, finishing nearly 100 points clear of his closest rival.
In the same year, Pedro also experienced other racing disciplines, winning one race in the Brazilian Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and participating in one round of the Global Rallycross Championship.
In 2015, he repeated a domination in the Brazilian Formula 3, winning fourteen of sixteen races in the #1 Dallara-Berta. He also spent a season in the Brazilian Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and made guest appearances in two rounds of the Porsche Supercup, at Red Bull Ring and Hungaroring.
Moving a career to Europe in 2016
In 2016, it was a time to move a career to Europe but before that, Pedro returned to Toyota Racing Series and finished fifth in the points with two wins. In Europe, he competed with Van Amersfoort Racing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Not scoring wins or podiums at the wheel of the #5 Dallara-Mercedes, he finished 19th in the points.
In 2017, Pedro Piquet had a similar programme, spending the off-season in the Toyota Racing Series and finishing second, and returning to Formula 3 with Van Amersfoort Racing. He managed to score one podium, at Norisring, to finish 14th in the points.
Stepping to GP3 Series in 2018
In 2018, Pedro stayed on the same level of competition but moved to the GP3 Series. He joined Trident to drive the #5 Dallara-Mecachrome. One of his teammates is Giuliano Alesi, another son of the former F1 driver.