Lewis Hamilton has announced that he has ended his relationship with performance coach Angela Cullen.
The seven-time world champion has worked with physiotherapist Cullen for the past seven years, with the New Zealander through the Mercedes star’s site around the world as an integral part of its support team.
Cullen, 48, joined Hamilton’s team in 2016 and has worked with him at four of his seven World Championships.
But suspicions were raised on Friday morning when Hamilton failed to arrive at the paddock Saudi Arabia with Cullen by his side, before the 38-year-old himself confirmed the news on Instagram.
In an emotional post, he said: “For seven years Angela Cullen has been by my side and has pushed me to be the best version of myself. I’m a stronger athlete and a better person because of her.
“Today I hope you will join me in wishing her the very best as she takes her next steps to achieve her dreams. Thanks for everything Ang, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.”
Cullen played hockey at international level for New Zealand from the age of 15 to 21 before earning a degree in Health Sciences and Physiotherapy from Auckland University of Technology.
She worked at the English Institute of Sport in London as a senior physiotherapist with British Olympic sprinters before working for the New Zealand Academy of Sport.
Cullen herself posted a heartwarming slideshow of pictures on her social media, along with a caption: “On that day exactly 7 years ago I stood in the F1 paddock for the first time at the Australian GP. Today I am happy to announce that I am embarking on my next adventure.
“I am so grateful and blessed to have made this incredible journey in Formula 1 and I know my story will continue. Thanks to the MB team who have been my family for 7 years.
“And Lewis Hamilton, you GOAT!! It was such an honor and pleasure to stand by your side. I am 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’m so excited to see the next chapter for you. There’s nothing you can’t do. Do not stop believing. The journey of life is a great wave. Keep driving. dream big Because dreams come true. Forever by your side. WE STILL GET UP.”
It’s unclear at this point what Cullen’s next role will be, while Hamilton has to refocus without his longtime confidant Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend.
Source : sports.yahoo.com