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Verstappen reveals 'tough' relationship with key Red Bull F1 team member

Verstappen reveals 'tough' relationship with key Red Bull F1 team member

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Verstappen reveals 'tough' relationship with key Red Bull F1 team member

Verstappen reveals 'tough' relationship with key Red Bull F1 team member

Max Verstappen has admitted that he and his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase 'get on so well', despite 'tough moments' between the pair.

The Dutchman has been known to be quite vocal over the radio, particularly towards Lambiase, during his time at Red Bull.

At the Belgian Grand Prix earlier this year, Lambiase told Verstappen to 'use your head a bit more' after the world champion had disobeyed orders to manage his tyres, instead opting to set blistering lap times when out in front.

During the unique warm-up session ahead of sprint qualifying at the Qatar GP, the pair shared an expletive-laden exchange as Lambiase told the 26-year-old 'there was more learning' to be done after Verstappen had aborted his lap early.

In the end, Verstappen went on to clinch his third consecutive world championship title during the sprint race, much to his team's delight.

Max Verstappen celebrated claiming his third world championship title in Qatar
Gianpiero Lambiase shares a close relationship with Max Verstappen, even though it might not always seem like it
The pair are often bickering, and Christian Horner joked that they had 'marriage counselling' during the summer break

Now, he has revealed the importance of his relationship with 'strong character' Lambiase.

“[It's] Incredibly important," Verstappen told Sky Sports F1.

"I think a race engineer really needs to understand you and it’s very rare to have such a strong connection I think with an engineer.

"We hit the ground running quite in a crazy way, winning our first race together.

“You have your tough moments as well, because I’m a strong character, he’s a strong character, but that’s what I like because I will say to him when it’s bad and I will say to him when it’s good and he says that to me as well. That’s why I think we get on so well.

"That’s why sometimes we get quite vocal on the radio and then people sometimes think that we don’t like each other but we actually have a lot of respect for each other and we always want the best in every single situation."

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Despite his achievements putting him into the realm of some of the all-time greats of Formula 1, there is still learning for Verstappen to do, and improvements he can make.

At just 26, he has the chance to chase down Lewis Hamilton's all-time race victory record, and maybe even push towards Hamilton and Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles.

Verstappen believes that all of his experience in F1 is enough to get him through races, without the extra input from Lambiase.

"He really tries to also coach me through the race," he continued.

"Of course, I know a lot of things myself when I’m driving but it’s always nice to have that voice.

“Sometimes in my head while driving I’m like 'Okay, I know what to do' but it’s still nice to have him in the background."

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