When Max Verstappen’s engineer instructed him exactly what to do after disastrous 11 Second Pitstop

Tejas Venkatesh
|Published November 03, 2022

Red Bull might be infamous for executing flawless sub-2-second pitstops on race weekends. But it wasn’t the case when Max Verstappen decided to pit during the 2022 United States Grand Prix at COTA.

The Dutchman pitted on lap 36 for his second pitstop, maintaining a healthy lead after starting P2 in the race. He entered to grab a fresh pair of medium tyres when things went haywire.

The mechanics failed to screw the front left tyre on Verstappen’s RB18 after a wheel gun failure. The Dutchman sat in his car for 11 Seconds as Lewis Hamilton passed him to claim the race lead. He also found himself trailing the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc that pitted after him.

He was furious with the incident and he expressed his fury on the radio saying, “Beautiful. F***ing Beautiful.” However, his engineer managed to cool the racer and told him just what he wanted to hear.

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What did Max Verstappen’s engineer tell him after the botched US GP Pitstop?

Max Verstappen was not impressed after the pitstop cost him his race lead. The Dutcmhmans engineer, Gianpiero Lambiase however maintained his cool and helped Verstappen fight back for the win.

As soon as Max was out of the pitlane, Lambiase said, “Long way to go!” Max was however critical and told him to not remind him about that. He replied, “Max were in this together mate. Head down.”

And as soon as Verstappen pitted, his target was set on beating the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc. The two had a fierce duel, but the Ferrari was no match for the Red Bull.

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Verstappen would later pass Lewis Hamilton and claim his 13th victory of the season. This shows the capabilities of the car and the driver who can overcome a botched pitstop and convert it to a race win.

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An important win for Red Bull

Max Verstappen’s win in Austin allowed Red Bull to claim the Constructors’ Championship after 9 years. The team claimed the title one day after the death of Dietrich Mateschitz, the energy drinks company’s founder.

Max had wrapped up the driver’s championship in the earlier race in Japan. And with the win, Red Bull broke Mercedes’ dominance in the sport since 2014. Verstappen spoke about the title win and also the 11-second pit stop.

He claimed, “I’m sad but I’m also incredibly proud of the whole team and also the way they’ve operated all weekend. Of course, apart from the pit-stop but that was a gun failure and these things, unfortunately, can happen.”

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When asked about what went through his mind at the moment, Max simply answered, “A lot of swear words. I was very upset.”

He added, “But immediately when you press the pit limiter off you have to keep your head down and go for it.” Many racers would give up on fighting back after a pitstop like his. But it takes a great deal of determination to fight back as Max did.

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Tejas Venkatesh

Tejas Venkatesh

Tejas Venkatesh is a Motorsports writer at The SportsRush. He started watching F1 in 2007 and fell in love with the sound of the revving V8s. A technical nerd, tejas loves to nerd over the technical beauty only motorsports can achieve. He calls himself a Vettel fanboy and spent the night crying after Hockenheim 2018. Apart from F1, Tejas is an avid Chelsea Fan and loves football.

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