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Max Verstappen

Verstappen engineer reveals 'biggest fear' amid dominance

It might seem like a tough relationship over team radio, but their partnership is vital to Max Verstappen's success.

Verstappen Lambiase Qatar 2023
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Max Verstappen's Red Bull race engineer, Gianpiero Lambiase, has revealed his biggest fear as they continue to dominate Formula 1.

It is a driver and engineer partnership that has yielded three titles over the last three seasons, with Lambaise often bearing the brunt of Verstappen's urgent radio messages.

While they often seem like they bicker over team radio, Verstappen believes this partnership is integral to their success on track.

"At the end of the day, it's a whole team effort. This year the car has been incredible to drive and fairly dominant. I tried to extract the most out of it," Verstappen told the Talking Bull podcast.

With 17 race wins (and counting) so far this season, do they ever get bored of winning week in and week out?

"When do we get bored? Not winning. This motivates me every single day to come back here at the factory to prepare for the next races," said Verstappen.

"But also once you're there, it's the best feeling out there. So for me, it's not boring at all."

Verstappen: We're doing so many races together

Given their dominant throughout the 2023 season, Lambiase revealed what is the main concern as rival teams catch up including McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes.

"My biggest fear is the moment that we do have increased competition and we're not winning every race," said Lambiase.

"Because, you see how he's treating me at the moment and he's winning every race! I'm really not looking forward to it."

Even though they spend a lot of time together at the track, both like to spend free time away from each other to stay fresh during each race weekend.

"We've been together for eight seasons now. There are so many races and there's so much time that you are forced to be together," Lambiase explained.

"I think it would be unfair to expect Max to spend even more time with me or vice versa when he's finally got a weekend off."

Verstappen divides his time between simulator work in the UK, and spending time away with his family and friends in Monaco.

"I come to the UK to do simulator stuff. Then I'm really happy to leave the UK to go back home," Verstappen adds.

"Like GP says, we're doing so many races together. It's also nice to just when you have free time to spend with your close friends and family."

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