“He’s like my little brother” – Gianpiero Lampis reveals when the relationship with Max Verstappen was “solidified” after “some ups and downs”

“He’s like my little brother” – Gianpiero Lampis reveals when the relationship with Max Verstappen was “solidified” after “some ups and downs”

Max Verstappen and Gianpiero Lambiasi have become the must-beat driver-engineer partnership in Formula 1, with the duo working together to claim the last three Drivers’ Championships in a row. But it hasn’t always been easy between the two, as they recently revealed.

Over the years, Formula 1 fans have grown accustomed to hearing the aggressive banter between the deadpan Lambis and his sometimes fiery Dutch attack. But although the exchanges between the duo may at times not seem overly friendly, the difficult period between Verstappen and Lambiece a few years ago, which was followed by Verstappen’s maiden title win, ensured they developed a brother-like bond, as they explained in Red Bull’s Talking bull Podcast.

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“We know each other inside out, we know what motivates the other, or how to persuade the other or put an arm around the other’s shoulder,” Lambiasi said. “I think we know how to manage ourselves out of a difficult situation and also enjoy the better ones.

“But I think, maybe even three years ago, I think maybe 18, 2019, 20 when the car wasn’t quite as competitive as we would have liked, the team, but I think especially Max (would have liked) – because at that point, you could see his frustration coming out. Really because he wasn’t able to compete for championships at that stage – and we had some ups and downs, I would say in that period, the middle third, fourth, fifth years.

“But I think 2021 was very intense, and I think the relationship and the bond was solidified that year, and then last year and this year was just a continuation of that. And yeah, I look at him like my little brother.”

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“You spend a lot of time together,” Verstappen added. “I started with the team when I was 18. I’m 26 now. So I also think as a person I’ve grown a lot. So when I look at those kinds of pictures from the first few races I did with the team, I’m like, ‘Oh my God.’ It’s very different.” And in my behavior too, I think it’s natural to have contact, and I’m also growing up, I think that helps a lot in your relationship.

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Meanwhile, the pair have revealed that they have no plans to end their current period of dominance – with Verstappen confirming to himself that he has achieved the most statistically dominant season in Formula 1 ever after his win in Sao Paulo last weekend.

“I would be bored not to win,” Verstappen said. “This is much better. This motivates me every day to go back to the factory to prepare for the next races. But also once you are there, it is the best feeling there. So for me, it is not boring at all.”

Lampis added: “(I was asked) one word to describe Max and I think the word was ‘insatiable’, and I think that applies to me as well, as no matter how many races we win or how many championships we achieve we have won or can win.” I think the point is that I don’t think we’re ever happy and our expectations are too high.

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“I would say we’re both perfectionists in that regard, as nothing is ever good enough. I think that’s what really motivates us to keep doing what we’re doing, follow the process and achieve the best we can.

Lambiasi added: “My biggest fear is the moment when the competition increases and we don’t win every race, because you see how he’s treating me at the moment – ​​and he’s winning every race!”

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