Formula 1 has always had its own bubble long before the COVID-19 pandemic. The paddock (or boxes) is an environment where everyone knows each other. So much so that relationships can be generated that go beyond the professional field. Such is the case of courtship between Max Verstappen y Kelly Piquet, daughter of Nelson Piquet, three-time world champion in 1981, 1983 and 1987. It would be one more note of color for covers of magazines of the heart, although she is the ex of Daniil Kvyat, who shared Red Bull’s driver development structure with the Dutchman and they even had a good bond.
This year Verstappen was the center of the scene not only for leading the Maxima championship where with two rounds to go he is above Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) by eight points. The Dutchman formalized a link with the Brazilian that set social networks on fire. The romance is a remake of the glamor that characterized F1 throughout its history with the added value that their surnames are referents of motor sport.
This is a story of competition above and below the cars. Daniil and Max have known each other for several years as they were partners in the Red Bull Racing driver development program. Those who passed the first instance called Red Bull Junior arrive there. It is the quarry of the Austrian team that is owned by the energy drink. From there came its greatest exponent, the German Sebastian Vettel, quadruple champion with this team between 2010 and 2013. Another reference of this training project is the Australian Daniel Ricciardo.
Verstappen’s arrival at the Maximum in 2015 at just 17 years old was a revolution. He started with Toro Rosso (now Alpha Tauri), Red Bull’s satellite team. Kvyat’s bad start to the 2016 season prompted him to be replaced by the Dutchman in Spain, where he took advantage of the Englishman’s Mercedes’ initial touch. Lewis Hamilton and german Nico Rosberg and it became the youngest driver in history to win at 18 years, 7 months and 16 days. His success ensured his continuity in the senior team and Daniil remained in the junior team, but as the saying goes, “unlucky in the game …”
Personally, the Russian became champion in 2017 when he met Kelly, six years older than him. She is the second fruit of the marriage between Nelson piquet (F1 champion in 1981, 1983 and 1987) and Sylvia Tamsma. His older brother is nelsinho, former F1 driver and with a notorious episode, when in Singapore 2008, he crashed on purpose to facilitate the triumph of his then Renault partner, the Spanish Fernando Alonso. Then the Brazilian never again took place in the Maximum. However, his sister began to frequent the pits and little by little she earned a place.
Kvyat came to F1 after being champion of GP3 (current Formula 3) in 2013, a season in which he prevailed over the Argentine on the last date Facundo Regalia. Time passed and he with 23 and she with 29, began a relationship in mid-2017. “It all started in Monaco, during August and the F1 holidays,” Daniil said in a note with Motorsport. “We didn’t start right away, but about a month later we decided it was a good idea,” he added.
The Russian surrendered to the model of the agency Mega Model Brasil. They both began to show themselves together and they were very happy. She also works in the social media team in Formula E. In that category Nelsinho ended up and was its first champion in the 2014/2015 season. Meanwhile, Kvyat and Verstappen were part of the two Red Bull teams and had contact with each other and their companions …
Love grew rapidly, like the engine of a race car. To the point that in 2019 they were the parents of a baby named Penelope. It brought him luck, as he was born the night before Kvyat’s third place in Germany, on what was his second podium in the category. In China 2016, it obtained the same result. Daniil rebounded professionally and even rang to regain his seat at Red Bull. Meanwhile, he was going through his personal best …
But nothing is for ever. In March 2020, her relationship with Kelly ended. One of the most beautiful women in the environment was single and Verstappen showed how fast he is also under the car. As on the track, he found a gap to overshoot and drove hard. There was no need for DRS (a system that facilitates improvement). Nor was inhibited by being nine years younger than her and Cupid returned to do his thing in F1.
There are no details of when their relationship began, but Max separated from his ex-girlfriend, Dilara Sanlik, in October 2020… Two months later, Verstappen and Piquet found themselves caramelized. He traveled to Brazil to spend the New Year where he was received by her family and they were very happy on their Instagram accounts.
“Happy New Year to all! Let’s make 2021 a year to remember in many ways. I wish you all the success, love and happiness as I found mine, ”said Max. “Love is what makes the world go round. Happy New Year and lots of love “Kelly sweetened. Thousands of miles away, Daniil seemed to care little about the issue, who posted a photo toasting and emulating the Leo Di Caprio meme. The Russian lost his place in F1 and assured that “in 2021 I want to take a vacation …”
While Max was seen to be more mature this year as a pilot, without losing his aggressiveness when it comes to hand-to-hand with Hamilton, with whom he is fighting the title. It is possible that this change in attitude is due to the relationship with Kelly, who is the one who usually shares the most photos of the couple on her Instagram account. Even the Dutchman was very happy with Penelope.
The bond grew during the year and the highest point in the media was Verstappen’s triumph in Monaco, where Kelly went to greet him and his kiss on the helmet went around the world. When the category ran in Brazil last month, Max was invited to fully meet the Piquet family and even had a photo taken with his “father-in-law.”
Without losing his charisma and personality, Max looks more relaxed. She really enjoys Brazil, where she loves to show herself in T-shirts, shorts and flip flops. He found in Kelly his great love, a companion, a ground wire, but also someone who contains him at a key moment in his campaign, in which he is close to achieving his first F1 title and defeating none other than Hamilton, the most awarded in history together with Michael sSchumacher with seven crowns.
Max and Kelly look very happy whose relationship stomps in the F1 environment. The model was in the pits of several circuits, where she accompanied the pilot and both were the center of the flashes, since she is not just another couple. She has the blood of a world champion and he can be this season.
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