Red Bull employee claims he will leave if Max Verstappen joins rival team

Despite their occasionally tense communications during races, Lambiase and Verstappen share a strong personal connection.

Gianpiero Lambiase, the esteemed race engineer for Max Verstappen at Red Bull, has made a profound statement hinting at his possible departure from the team should Verstappen decide to leave.

Lambiase has been an integral part of Verstappen’s racing journey since the Dutch driver joined Red Bull as a teenager in 2016, taking over the role from his work with Daniil Kvyat.

This partnership has flourished, leading to three drivers’ titles, showcasing a bond that extends beyond the racetrack.

Despite their occasionally tense communications during races, Lambiase and Verstappen share a strong personal connection.

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Lambiase expressed his feelings, saying, “I honestly see Max as a younger brother,” emphasizing the depth of their relationship in an interview with the BBC.

He further explained their unique dynamic, stating, “We can talk about anything and anyone at any time.

“We’re at the point where we just felt completely relaxed and at ease with each other.”

This level of comfort and mutual respect has led Lambiase to a significant conclusion about his future in Formula 1, particularly regarding working with other drivers.

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He candidly shared his perspective, noting the unparalleled success and connection he has with Verstappen, making the prospect of partnering with another driver unappealing.

Lambiase’s sentiments underscore the potential for a significant shift in his career, contingent on Verstappen’s decisions.

Verstappen, at 26, remains under contract with Red Bull until 2028, continuing to secure victories for the team.

Yet, the possibility of his departure is not off the table, especially in light of his close ties with Helmut Marko, Red Bull Racing’s special adviser.

Verstappen has previously stated his loyalty to Marko, hinting at a departure if Marko were to leave, a stance that has reinforced his position within the team amidst internal disputes, notably with team principal Christian Horner.

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The internal dynamics within Red Bull have been tense, with Marko and Horner’s relationship strained.

Marko’s efforts to oust Horner have been met with resistance, supported by Red Bull’s majority owner Chalerm Yoodivhya and company CEOs.

In this high-stakes environment, the choice between Horner and Verstappen could lead to significant changes, with Lambiase poised to follow Verstappen’s lead, highlighting the intricate and personal connections that drive decisions in the high-speed world of Formula 1.