Gianpiero Lambiase: Max Verstappen is bored, he has lost interest in racing

"I think at that point [Max] has perhaps lost a bit of interest and is like, ‘Come on GP, just chill out of it.’”

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Gianpiero Lambiase: Max Verstappen is bored, he has lost interest in racing
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F1 race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase has been closely observing Max Verstappen's recent performances on the track, and he can't help but express his perspective on the matter. Lambiase not only finds Verstappen's dominance a bit monotonous but also speculates that the talented Dutch driver may have lost some of his motivation.

“Sometimes I get the feeling that you are just bored basically,” Lambiase said to Verstappen on 'Talking Bull' podcast. “I think even if we’re 30 seconds up the road I’ll still be in the zone, as it were, still trying to maximise everything and taking everything seriously.

Whereas I think at that point [Max] has perhaps lost a bit of interest and is like, ‘Come on GP, just chill out of it.’”

Radio conversations

During radio conversations, we can often hear arguments between Verstappen and individuals.

Many consider it a sign of a 'broken atmosphere' within the team. The Dutchman denies it though. He emphasizes that racing brings such adrenaline that it is natural to feel angry at times. The goal of everything is to maximize your performance and make a great result.

I mean, of course, respect is very important. But people sometimes they don’t really understand what kind of relationship you have. So for example, if we are on the radio and where we sound a bit upset or angry, they think we are in a fight.

But that’s not the case. It’s just we want the best out there. And then of course, sometimes I raise my voice on the radio because yeah, full of adrenaline while driving. And of course, GP also he wants the best and that’s why sometimes we have quite fiery conversations." Verstappen believes that it is necessary to communicate and understand the error that occurred.

For him, it is more important that there is respect between him and the rest of the Red Bull team members. Judging by the results this season, the atmosphere is great. “But for me, that is the way I like to approach our weekend, our racing, because if I would be upset or whatever or not happy with a certain situation, he’s like, ‘copy that or like thank you very much for your message’.

I’d be, ‘What is going on?’ You know, we are both in this together and we want to have the best possible result. But of course, respect is very important”. Source: Crash

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