However, after the first four races, there was hope that Perez would provide stiff competition for Verstappen. Both drivers had secured two wins each, and their championship positions were separated by just six points following the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April.
"I feel for him. It's such a horrible position to be in," Rosberg told the Sky Sports F1 Podcast. "The pressure of the world on his shoulders. The social media world is criticising him so much, because also all F1 fans are relying on him as well to make it so exciting and in a way, he let F1 fans down because he made it too easy for Verstappen.
"I was in that situation with Hamilton. I was really carrying the expectation of everybody on my shoulders to keep it exciting and not let [the racing] become boring, with Hamilton being too dominant.
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