Michael Jordan’s Profound Wisdom Comes to Rescue as Sergio Perez Flounders After Devastating Home Defeat

Published 10/30/2023, 3:55 AM EDT

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Despite suffering through all the scenarios Sergio Perez has in the current season, perhaps nothing will hurt more than the 2023 Mexican GP. The Mexican came home after a year of racing around the world to stand on the podium again in front of the crowd that adores him. He even started the race with the intention and pace which saw him at the front before turn 1.

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However, we all know how that ended! Nevertheless, it’s the ones who keep getting up after a fall that succeed in the end. However, Michael Jordan said it was better, and this is exactly how Perez’s performance coach Jo Canales tried to motivate him.

Michael Jordan’s words of wisdom resonated with Jo Canales as he tried to motivate Sergio Perez after the Mexican GP

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After the heartbreaking outcome of the race, Perez must have been disgusted with himself after he pulled the same move as Lewis Hamilton in Qatar. His reaction in the pit lane when he was made aware of his race’s outcome said it all. The despondent Mexican made his way around the paddock and towards the media pen. However, he wasn’t alone. Apart from the million supporting the Mexican at his home, his performance coach Jo Canales also accompanied Perez.

The man responsible for Perez’s upkeep physically and perhaps mentally motivated him via a post X captioned, “Always proud of you @SChecoPerez let’s go, this is not over!! 💪🏻 🧠 🇲🇽”. We are aware this is not the famous quote by one of the most successful basketball players ever. It is the quote attached to the image Canales shared which used the wise words of Jordan to motivate Perez.

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The bottom left of the picture shared by Canales contained the famous and highly motivating quote from Michael Jordan. The quote read, I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

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A failed race disappoints the entire team, as it hurts everyone and undoes the hard work put in by the whole team. However, when a driver wins, it’s for the entire team, which is why Perez is hearing a lot of words of motivation from his supporters.

However, a win in Mexico would’ve not just been celebrated by the team, it would’ve been a win for everyone. That is exactly what Perez was after.

Perez breaks his silence on the Turn 1 incident at the Mexican GP

It’s never easy crashing out of a race in Turn 1, especially because of the toll it takes on a driver mentally. Make it your home race and we are not sure how quickly Perez will recover from this incident. The Mexican was desperate for a race win and desperate to start the race on the front foot and it showed. He also wanted to get a win, not just for himself, but for all his supporters as well.

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That is exactly what he confessed in the post-race interview, sharing his feelings of disappointment thanks to an early end to his home race.

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“I took a risk to get out of that corner first and go for the win. I didn’t expect Charles to brake so late. It hurts me a lot for the people. I gave everything. I wanted to give them the win,” said Perez.

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Late braking and a risky late lunge with the high-risk, high-reward ratio. Checo knew what he was doing and sadly could not get out of turn 1 safely. Let’s hope this fuels him to perform better at the coming races and maintain his P2 spot in the championship.

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