Sergio Perez, the talented Red Bull driver, and his wife Carola Martinez recently shared heartwarming news with the world – the birth of their newborn daughter. It was a moment of immense joy for the couple, marking the arrival of their fourth child into the family. Reports indicate that both mother and baby are now back home, in good health, and cherishing the blissful moments of this new chapter in their lives.
However, this delightful addition to the Perez family comes at a time when the Formula 1 driver has been grappling with the heat of criticism, particularly following his performance at the Japanese Grand Prix. The race in Japan saw Perez facing a series of unfortunate incidents, leading to a double Did Not Finish (DNF). This setback stirred intense scrutiny and criticism from fans, fellow drivers, and commentators alike.
One can only imagine the challenges that come with being the teammate of Max Verstappen, the Dutch sensation who has not only secured the most victories this season but also set a remarkable record by winning ten Grands Prix consecutively. The constant comparisons to the race leader undoubtedly add to the pressure Perez faces every race weekend.
The high-pressure environment of Formula 1 seems to have taken its toll on Perez’s mental well-being, as he strives to find a delicate balance between his personal and professional life. In a recent tweet from RBR Daily, the 33-year-old driver displayed remarkable candor in addressing his approach to mental health.
The exceptionally competitive and stressful 2023 season prompted Perez to seek the guidance of a therapist. While the journey hasn’t been without its challenges, the counseling sessions have empowered him to become the best version of himself, both on and off the track. As Perez himself articulated, seeking professional support has been a transformative experience, aiding him in navigating the demanding world of Formula 1.
“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.”