Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has given further insight into Lewis Hamilton’s split from his long-time trainer and physiotherapist Angela Cullen.
Hamilton and Cullen confirmed yesterday they had concluded a working relationship which began in 2016. Cullen was appointed by Hintsa Performance who work with several Formula 1 drivers.
She had been a fixture alongside Hamilton since then, up until the season-opening race in Bahrain two weeks ago. Wolff said the news of the split was unexpected and he believes it was instigated by Hamilton.
“Angela was part of the gang for a long time,” he said. “I think in every team, whether that is his close circle, or also in the wider group, this is not a static situation that you can freeze. We all develop as people, we develop as an organisation and if things don’t work out anymore, then we need to be honest about it and then bring change.
“Angela will always be a mascot of the team. She’s the only one who has a louder voice than a starting car. But, you know, if this is what he decides, we will always absolutely support him, whatever direct direction he wants to take.”
Cullen said she was “excited to share I’m off on my next adventure” in a social media post yesterday.
“Exactly seven [years] ago on this day I was standing in the F1 paddock for the first time at the Australian GP,” she said. “I am so grateful and blessed to have had this incredible journey in F1 and I know my story will continue.”
She said working for Hamilton had been “an honour and pleasure.”
“I’m so proud of you and everything you have achieved,” said Cullen. 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.”
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