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Hamilton expands support team after split from Cullen · RaceFans

Hamilton expands support team after split from Cullen · RaceFans

Lewis Hamilton has revealed the changes made to his inner circle after recently separating from long-term physiotherapist Angela Cullen, with two people now sharing the role.

Cullen became the Mercedes driver’s physio in 2016 and was frequently seen by Hamilton’s side before their unexpected split in March this year. Hamilton said he is now working with a larger group of people to optimise his physical performance.

“I have a slightly different set-up,” he said. “[That] role’s shared between two individuals, the rest of my team is the same.

“The set-up that I have right now is a great one with one of the guys Stevo [Stephen Lord, formerly his race team co-ordinator], that’s been with me since my first race at McLaren.

Hamilton and Cullen worked together for seven years

“He followed me here when I moved from McLaren as my gearbox engineer, and then he’s moved on to several different roles and he’s helping me right now.”

Hamilton has three other people supporting him and working on his training programme. However he continues to stay in touch with Cullen.

“Ange and I were talking just the other day, we stay in contact quite consistently. As I said before, we’re always going to be in each other’s lives, always looking for the next fun adventure whether it be skydiving or whether it be climbing Mount Everest together at some stage probably, who knows and just continuing to support each other in our journeys.”

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The seven-times world champion is in the longest win-less streak of his career, having not scored a victory since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. During the run-up to the Miami Grand Prix Hamilton shared a social media post from NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, which said: “You work towards a goal. It’s not failure; it’s steps to success”.

Hamilton said the post resonated with him as he strives to return Mercedes to winning ways.

“I think is it inspiring how he spoke,” Hamilton said. “I would say from my whole career, I’ve seen that viewpoint from certain individuals and I think I could understand the frustration.

“All of us are trying to do the best with what we have and we can’t always win. Last race [Baku] I came from 10th and I got back to sixth, that’s not a failure, that’s just the steps in order to get to where you have to be. You have to go through a whole bunch of lessons which can be painful.

“But, I thought it was just really great and…

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