Sergio Perez breaks silence on his ‘mental struggles’ after a contrasting season to Max Verstappen
Sergio Perez has come under immense pressure during this season.
Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez (Via IMAGO)
Sergio Perez, the Red Bull F1 driver, has had an extremely challenging 2023 F1 season. He has come under immense pressure from all angles, and his Japanese GP outing was another example of the mental torture he has been on. There are still six races remaining in the campaign, and ahead of the Qatar GP, he has taken the time to open up about his struggles.
The Red Bull F1 team has produced the best car for the ongoing campaign that has proved leaps and bounds ahead of the other beasts on the 2023 F1 grid. Max Verstappen has been able to put it through the absolute wringer on most occasions, but Sergio Perez, on the other hand, has had a mighty difficult time getting to grips with it.
Japan was a nightmare for the Mexican driver and while talking about the mental toll that 2023 has taken on him, he recently said, “Formula 1 is my sport, my life, my passion. If you are having such a hard time at work, it is difficult to be cheerful at home with your wife and children. That’s why I hired a mental coach because my family deserves to have that cheerful father at home.”
“Together with my coach, I started working on becoming the best version of myself at home, but also as a driver. As a result, I have found positivity again. I am now 33 years old, but I am still learning every day. On the track, but certainly also outside it. Partly because of this, I will never get enough of Formula 1. It is truly amazing what this sport still gives me,” Sergio Perez concluded.
Sergio Perez needs a solid run of F1 performances
While Sergio Perez has shared a heartfelt message about his mental well-being, he has had a mixed bag of a 2023 F1 season that has included a few highs with a plethora of painful lows. In order to get out of the rut he currently finds himself in, he needs a consistent run of form until the end of the 2023 F1 season from the Qatar GP onwards.
The 33-year-old has had a long career at the pinnacle of motor racing and has come out roaring several times in difficult situations. The current mess is also one of those scenarios, and considering the level of experience he has, several people will back him to come out of it again. However, time is running out for him at the rate of knots.
While he has a contract at Red Bull until the end of the 2024 F1 season, there are no guarantees whether he will be with the team when the 2024 campaign begins. The Milton-Keynes outfit is keeping its options open, and rumors are prevailing that have claimed that Red Bull could rope in Liam Lawson to drive for them next year.
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