Perez Staying Away From 'Really Toxic' Social Media

Sunday, 17 March 2024 at 10:30
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Sergio Perez suggested he feels privileged to have grown up without social media, as it now allows him to avoid toxicity.
During his most recent appearance on the Beyond the Grid Podcast, the Red Bull Racing driver Sergio Perez talked about the pressures that come with driving for Red Bull Racing.
The 34-year-old suggested the pressure is why numerous drivers before him weren't able to stay with the team. He himself is under immense pressure this season as his contract expires at the end of it.
The pressure comes from all sides. As the Mexican driver explained, it's not only from his team but also from fans on social media, which is "really toxic."

"I think I'm privileged, because I'm a bit older and I grew up without social media. It can be really toxic, so I'm not a big fan of that, so I always try to stay away from it."

The last season, in particular, has been the most difficult for Perez, and it seemed that he wasn't able to deal with the pressure very well then.
While his teammate Max Verstappen completely dominated, the 34-year-old struggled to get to Q3 in qualifying sessions and then to finish races in P2.
Even the team principal of Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner, said the second seat in Red Bull is probably the pitlane. In terms of what he can do to deal with the pressure, Perez added:

"Making sure that I'm able to come here, do my job, give my everything, prepare as best as I can, and that's all I can do."

"I can try 1000 times, but at the end of the day, the most important is [work] with your team, try to deliver and the outside noise will always be there, and there's nothing you can do about it. But it's important to make sure that you are able to shut it down."