Nelson Piquet has undergone heart surgery

Triple World Champion Nelson Piquet is recovering from cardiac surgery, with the Brazilian undergoing the procedure this week.

The 61-year-old – who won the 1981, 1983 and 1987 Formula 1 titles – was treated for a blocked artery at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital, according to Agencia Estado.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed that the former driver had been a patient at the hospital, but did not disclose the Brazilian’s condition.

However, his son, Nelson Piquet Jr – who raced briefly with the Renault team in 2007-8 – confirmed that his father was on the mend.

“Dad is fine and will be home soon,” he told his Twitter followers.

Piquet Sr’s last major public outing came at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, where he performed a series of demonstration laps in his 1981 championship-winning Brabham around the Interlagos circuit before facilitating the post-race podium interviews.

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