President of the Jury 2017

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Nelson Piquet Jr.

With motor racing in his blood, it’s no surprise that FIA Formula E World Champion Nelson Piquet has continued the family tradition. Having started his career in South American karting, he soon switched to car racing with immediate success in South American F3. A move to Europe followed where he took top honours in the British F3 Championship in 2004. The Brazilian graduated to GP2 in 2005, finishing as runner-up in the series in 2006 after a season-long battle with Lewis Hamilton. He graduated to a race seat in F1 for 2008 alongside Fernando Alonso where his performances, including a second place podium in the German GP, helped the team secure fourth position in the constructors’ championship. He continued with the team into 2009. From 2010 Nelson began to pursue a career in the USA in NASCAR. He became the first Brazilian to win a top tier NASCAR race by visiting Victory Lane at Road America in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 and further took victories in the NASCAR Truck Series. In 2014 he took a full-time ride in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, impressing with four podiums in his first season, and was announced for the inaugural 2014/15 season of the FIA Formula E Championship; this saw his return to single-seater competition in which he had not competed since 2009 and, in the inaugural season of the all electric racing series, Nelson took the overall championship title, scoring race victories at Long Beach and Moscow along the way. He currently races full time in the FIA Formula E Championship with the NextEV NIO Formula E Team and also in the World Endurance Championship with Rebellion Racing.

Final round Jury 2017

First Jury 2017