After 2 Years of Hailing Dutch ‘Lion’, GF Kelly Piquet Makes a Switch Following Max Verstappen’s Lead

Published 08/18/2023, 11:44 AM EDT

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In F1 the lionhearted Max Verstappen reigns supreme, tearing through circuits with a ferocity matched only by the king of the jungle. But behind every fearless racer, there’s often a partner who matches their spirit, step for step. That’s where the queen, Kelly Piquet enters the scene, the steadfast wind beneath Verstappen’s wings, whose journey parallels his in ways both thrilling and unexpected. The romance between them, fueled by their shared love for speed and adventure, has blossomed into a cherishing bond.

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Christian Horner, once said, “He drives like a lion,” and Verstappen’s personality actually resonates with a lion’s courage. And right by his side, cheering and sharing those breathtaking moments, is his partner in crime, Kelly Piquet. From sharing moments of victory to being a constant presence on social media, she has solidified her role as the wind beneath Verstappen’s wings. After his first F1 title win in 2021, her tribute on Instagram resonated with the world: “WORLD F—— CHAMPION Just unforgettable 🏆🚀🦁💫🍀.” Praising the Dutch Lion, she’s become an integral part of his success story, as reflected in her heartfelt post after his second title “He did it again ✌🏻⭐️⭐️… World Champion ’21 ’22.”

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The relationship between Verstappen and Piquet isn’t just about romance. It’s about alignment, shared dreams, and embracing each other’s victories. Recently, Verstappen posted a captivating picture on Instagram, featuring him and Kelly Piquet. The backdrop? A stone carved with the quote, “A smooth sea never made a skilled pirate,” a metaphor for his life journey, we could say. Verstappen captioned it “Summer ‘23 🦥☀️💙”, to which Piquet lovingly replied, “My 🦥 best summer ❤️”. The use of the same sloth emoji symbolizes a shared experience, a connection beyond the racetrack, and a harmony in their off-track lives.

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The symbolism behind Max Verstappen and Kelly Piquet’s relationship through the serene sloth emoji was sweet, there’s more to this story that’s equally captivating.

Kelly Piquet nurtures Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen was struck down with a severe Otitis infection, a painful and troubling ailment affecting the ear. But this hurdle was not faced alone. This painful ear affliction, however, brought forth a gentle and caring side of his girlfriend, Kelly Piquet. Together for two years, their relationship was put to a new test.

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Kelly showed her dedicated love as she turned to her followers, labeling Max a “sick puppy” and seeking advice beyond antibiotics. Her caption, “Back from taking this sick puppy from the doctor,” was more than words; it was a cry for compassion and a symbol of unwavering support. As fans wished Max recovery, she penned, “Any tips for healing severe Otitis asap are welcome.”

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From the racing lion to a sick puppy, Max’s different shades have been lovingly embraced by Kelly.

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Vidhita is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. Driven by her deep passion for motorsports and a love for the exhilaration of speed. Since 2016, she has been captivated by the world of F1 after watching a race with a relative, and her fascination has only grown stronger over the years.
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