Verstappen vs Lambiase: Clash with a Friday Ultimatum

Gianpiero Lambiase and Max Verstappen had a disagreement during the United States Grand Prix over the timing of information relayed by Lambiase regarding Verstappen’s brake problems, but there are no plans for Lambiase to leave his role as race engineer.


‣ Max Verstappen won his 50th F1 victory and 15th win this season, but had problems with his brakes during the race.
‣ Verstappen argued with his race engineer, Gianpiero Lambiase, during the race.
‣ After the race, Lambiase and Verstappen had a cool discussion, but nothing serious seemed to be wrong.
‣ Lambiase had to leave straight after the race, while Verstappen stayed.

In a tense and challenging United States Grand Prix, Max Verstappen secured his 50th F1 victory, making it his 15th win this season. However, celebrations were tainted by the ongoing issues with Verstappen’s brakes throughout the race, leading to heated discussions between the Dutch driver and his race engineer, Gianpiero Lambiase.

Verstappen expressed his frustration with the timing of Lambiase’s information updates, particularly during braking zones when his focus was solely on managing his car. The Red Bull driver vehemently voiced his discontent over the team radio, as he struggled to maintain control over his vehicle.

Following the race, the atmosphere between Verstappen and Lambiase remained frosty. Lambiase bid Verstappen to enjoy the celebrations, but Verstappen was left to deal with the aftermath of the issues. Lambiase’s prompt departure after the race, presumably to catch a plane, added another layer of tension between the two.

The incident was not the first time the strained relationship between Verstappen and his race engineer has been highlighted. In a recent on-air exchange between Verstappen and Lambiase, the Dutch driver’s frustration was evident as he asserted his desire to solely focus on the task at hand.

Despite the evident tensions, there are no indications of Lambiase departing as Verstappen’s race engineer anytime soon. The duo will have to find a way to reconcile their differences and work together effectively in order to secure further successes for the team.

Overall, the United States Grand Prix showcased the challenges faced by Verstappen and Lambiase as they grappled with ongoing brake problems. The incident emphasizes the importance of effective communication and timing in delivering crucial information to drivers, particularly during intense racing moments.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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