Lewis Hamilton worked closely with performance coach Angela Cullen for seven years (Photo: Getty)
Sir Lewis Hamilton has posted an emotional message after parting ways with his long-time trainer and physiotherapist Angela Cullen.
The pair started working together in 2016 and had been practically inseparable since then, with Hamilton winning four more Formula One titles in that period with Mercedes.
Cullen was yet again by the British sporting legend’s side at the 2023 season opener in Bahrain, but just ahead of first practice for this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix it was announced that she was moving on to pastures new.
‘For the last seven years [Angela] has been by my side, pushing me to be the best version of myself,’ Hamilton wrote on social media on Friday.
‘I am a stronger athlete and a better person because of her.
‘So today I hope you’ll join me in wishing her the very best as she takes her next steps to pursue her dreams. Thank you for everything Ang, I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you.’
Cullen posted her own tearful goodbye as well, saying: ‘Exactly seven years ago on this day I was standing in the F1 paddock for the first time at the Australian GP. Today I’m excited to share I’m off on my next adventure.
‘I am so grateful and blessed to have had this incredible journey in F1 and I know my story will continue. Thanks to the MB [Mercedes-Benz] team, who have been my family for the past seven years.
‘And Lewis Hamilton you GOAT!! It’s been such an honour and pleasure to stand along side you I’m so proud of you and everything you have achieved.
‘Thank you for supporting me, believing in me and showing me the limitless potential we all have within us. I am so excited to watch the next chapter for you.
‘There’s nothing you can’t do. Don’t stop believing… Life’s journey is one big wave. Keep riding. Dream big. As Dreams do come true. Forever by your side. STILL WE RISE.’
This comes as speculation around Hamilton’s future at Mercedes and indeed with F1 continues to mount, after the 38-year-old publicly criticised his team, claiming they ‘did not listen’ to his concerns over the W14 car that has proven to be way off the pace of frontrunners Red Bull.
His contract with the Silver Arrows is up at the end of the year, but he still insists he wants to continue with the team, saying on Thursday: ‘In hindsight, I think looking back it wasn’t necessarily the best choice of words.
‘I still have 100 per cent belief in this team, it is my family and I’ve been here a long time, so I don’t plan on going anywhere else.
‘There are no performance clauses. We are in talks, just in the process of going through the motions of what that looks like, what the future looks like, what we want to do.
‘[We are] always looking to continuously challenge ourselves rather than just doing a driver’s contract like everyone does.’
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