Chief mechanic Verstappen is leaving Red Bull, new employer not yet known

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Chief mechanic Verstappen is leaving Red Bull, new employer not yet known

Lee Stevenson, chief mechanic at Red Bull Racing, spent his last day working for the Austrian formation last Thursday. The Brit worked for Max Verstappen’s team between 2006 and 2024, but after eighteen years Stevenson thought it was time for a new challenge. As he even puts it, he will ‘work on the other side of the pit lane’, probably at Stake, which will continue as Audi from 2026.

On his Instagram page, Stevenson announced his departure on Thursday and in an attached video message he said that it is his very last day working for Red Bull. He then elaborated on his decision. ‘On to the next chapter. That chapter starts next Monday when I fly to Japan to start working with my new team on the other side of the pit lane. It will be a huge challenge, but one I am ready for. Stevenson does not mention the name of his new employer, but according to experts it is Stake F1.

Stevenson thanks Red Bull

The Briton has been employed by the Red Bull family for the past eighteen seasons and has therefore experienced all the team’s successes. But after a successful period, his adventure with the Austrian team has now come to an end, which he looks back on with great pleasure and pride. β€œIt’s been 18 great years and everything I’ve been able to achieve here with the team is just incredible,” said Stevenson.

‘I worked on the first car here, the RB2, the RB16B and of course also the RB19. It’s been an incredible journey. I want to thank everyone here,” Stevenson continued his post. ‘When I started in 2006, I never thought we would win races, get poles and win championships. But we all succeeded. It’s just been great. On to the next chapter,” said Stevenson.

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