F1 champion Piquet has heart surgery

Nelson Piquet had the operation to unblock an artery at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.

Nov.14 (GMM) Triple world champion Nelson Piquet had heart surgery this week.

Nelson Piquet, with Niki Lauda, Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman
Nelson Piquet, with Niki Lauda, Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman

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Agencia Estado said the 61-year-old, who won his titles for Brabham and Williams in the 80s, had the operation to unblock an artery at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.

A spokesperson for the hospital said the former driver, whose son Nelson Piquet jr also raced in Formula One, requested that details not be disclosed.

"Dad is fine and will be home soon," Piquet jr told his Twitter followers.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Niki Lauda , Nelson Piquet
Teams Mercedes , Williams
Article type Breaking news
Tags brabham, nelson piquet, williams