In an interview with the Dutch publication De Limburger, Sergio Perez talked about his bad form, which is why many are pessimistic about his future in Red Bull. Although he had a great start to the season, the Mexican was unable to impose his pace in the sequel.
He explained what the problem was; “When the season started, the car suited me perfectly. But cars evolve during the season. After Miami, things went downhill. I had a different car that didn’t suit me so well. Then I failed to get into Q3 several times, so my confidence dropped.
As a result, the driving went a lot less as well."- he said. When you do not have self-confidence, it is very difficult to expect good results. Sergio Perez slowly lost faith in himself, and he knew he had to change something.
It seems that now he has managed to regain what he lacks. His goal will be to win the title next year! “I struggled a lot in the summer. In the beginning, I was competing for the world title but, from May onwards, that changed.
I was driving without confidence. At one point I just didn’t come out [of Q2]. That was very tough. Because you drive with a top team, the pressure to perform increases quickly. But I didn’t give up and kept working hard with the engineers to sort things out.
My self-confidence came back when I realised that I won races under my own steam earlier this year. I dare say I am 100 per cent again now. And I also have the conviction again that I can have a shot at the world title next year”.
Bad results also affected his relationship with the family. “When you are having such a hard time with your work, it is difficult to be cheerful at home with your wife and children."
Hiring mental coach
Perez decided to hire a mental coach.
It seems that his mental coach was an important link, considering that Perez has again become a positive person who believes that he can achieve good results. “So I hired a mental coach because my family deserves to have that cheerful father at home.
Together with my coach, I worked on becoming the best version of myself at home, but also as a driver. As a result, I found positivity again. I am now 33 years old, but I am still learning every day. On the track, but certainly also off it.
Partly because of this, I will never get tired of Formula 1. It’s really amazing what this sport still gives me”.