Lewis Hamilton says there are people at Red Bull who negatively affect Sergio Perez “psychologically and do not support him”.
There have been a lot of rumours swirling around about Sergio Perez’s future with Red Bull, after his performance in 2023 has not been up to the Austrian team’s standards.
To make things worse, statements coming from Red Bull’s high ranking people, such as advisor Dr Helmut Marko’ shameful comments on Perez’s heritage, have not made his situation any better.
Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says Perez is in a “difficult environment”.
“I think that his team is not helping him at all,” the Briton said.
“I know that Red Bull is made up of many members, but there are people who affect him psychologically and do not support him.
“If I heard such negative things about myself every weekend it would be very difficult. So he is in a very complicated environment for him, but I think he has known how to deal with it.
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“I haven’t experienced exactly something like what Sergio Perez is going through, but as a driver I understand the psychological and mental pressures.
“It is something very heavy that falls on you and it is very difficult to explain it in words. I think he has great support around him, he is taking care of himself very well.
“I was very excited for him at the beginning of the season, because he was driving so well. I even think that at some point he led the drivers’ championship and I thought: ‘We are finally seeing the best of Checo.’
“But it is a very long year and a very long season. This is a very demanding sport, but what I can highlight most about Perez is that he always recovers, gets up and keeps trying.
“Something I can assure is that Mexico is going to show itself this weekend. When I was at Silverstone I was very motivated and it will surely be something that will happen to him,” Hamilton concluded.