Max Verstappen was one of the first to fly around her neck after becoming the Formula 1 world champion in Abu Dhabi: his girlfriend, who was watching her from the sidelines, was biting her nails. Brazilian Kelly Piquet is one of the new drivers behind Max’s unprecedented success.
She was in the picture a few times during the race, but caused goosebumps when Max – still wearing his helmet – gave her a big hug after he walked out of Carrera. Still having a cramp in his legs, he ran naturally toward his father, Gus Verstappen and Kelly, who was in the audience. When Max heard the Dutch national anthem with tears in his eyes, she cried with him.
Kelly Pique’s looks really do reveal it: a 33-year-old brunette must be a model. Her full name is Kelly Tamsma Piquet Souto Maior, a name that primarily refers to her Brazilian roots, but she was not born in Brazil. Born in the German city of Homburg, Kelly spent her childhood in southern France and moved to Brazil when she was twelve years old. I stayed there until I turned 15. After returning to France, she studied at a British boarding school, before graduating from high school in Brazil at the age of 17.
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Kelly then chose to study at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, majoring in international relations with a focus on political science and economics. I did an internship in fashion and decided to continue working in this field. For example, she has worked for Vogue Latinoamérica and Bergdorf Goodman, and was a columnist for the magazine. Marie Claire. So how did Kelly connect with Formula 1? Her father is 69-year-old racing driver Nelson Piquet, who became one of the most important drivers in Formula One in the 1980s. He was a three-time world champion. So Max chose suitable relatives.
Kelly, in turn, is in contact with the Netherlands. Her mother, Sylvia Tamsma, is Dutch. With Nelson I also got Nelson Angelou and Julia. Nelson Beckett Jr. was the second driver alongside Fernando Alonso for the ING Renault F1 Team in 2008.
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Max (24) and Kelly haven’t been together for long. The rumors have been going on for quite some time, but Max didn’t share a beach photo of him with his girlfriend until January 1st of this year. “Wishing you success, love and happiness in 2021, just as you found it,” he wrote. Unaware that in less than a year he will make history by becoming the first Dutchman to become the world champion in Formula 1.
Max met his father-in-law only last month, when he had the chance in Brazil between his races in Mexico. “It was especially good to spend time with my family,” he said during a press conference about his visit to Brazil. “We had nice conversations about everything. But not about the title or what to put in the car. I don’t need advice on that.” Piquet’s garage, champion in 1981, 1983 and 1987, impressed Verstappen. “This is a childhood dream. I would like to have one like this, with all the different cars.”
Max confirmed in October last year that his relationship with German brunette Dilara Sanlick had ended. Until last year, Kelly was with Daniil Kvyat, also a Formula 1 driver. Together, they have a daughter, Penelope, who is two years old. In between her photos as a model, a shot of Max occasionally appears on Kelly’s Instagram account. For example, she wrote on his birthday that she “loves everything about him” and is very proud of her sweetheart. “I can’t wait for all that lies ahead,” she wrote with a predictive look. After Max took first place yesterday Before the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, she posted on Instagram about her hero: “You are out of this world.”
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