Lewis Hamilton’s performance coach, Angela Cullen, leaves role
Hamilton and Cullen’s successful partnership
Angela Cullen, a former player for the national hockey team in her native New Zealand, had been Lewis Hamilton’s dedicated performance coach since 2016 as part of her role at the Hintsa athlete coaching company that has long provided coaches for many F1 drivers. As a duo, Hamilton and Cullen became a regular sight in the F1 paddock, where the latter was a popular figure.
The end of an era
Cullen was typically one of the last people to interact with the seven-time world champion before he climbed aboard his various Mercedes cars in recent years. Writing on his Instagram account where he announced the news he and Cullen will no longer be working together, Hamilton stated: “For the last seven years, [Cullen] has been by my side, pushing me to be the best version of myself. 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.
Grateful for the journey
Cullen also paid tribute to her work with Hamilton on her Instagram account. “Exactly seven [years] ago on this day I was standing in the F1 paddock for the first time at the Australian GP,” she posted. “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.
Exciting future ahead
Cullen, who accompanied Hamilton to the Bahrain test and race events that opened the 2023 season, is yet to reveal what her next project will be. “Thanks to the [Mercedes] team, who have been my family for the past seven years. And Lewis Hamilton you GOAT [Greatest of All Time]!! It’s been such an honour and pleasure to stand alongside you I’m so proud of you and everything you have achieved. I am so excited to watch the next chapter for you. There’s nothing you can’t do.”
What’s next for Hamilton?
It remains to be seen who will take over from Cullen as Hamilton’s performance coach, and what impact this may have on the seven-time world champion’s future in F1. Hamilton has yet to sign a contract extension with Mercedes beyond the end of the 2023 season, and there is speculation that he may retire from the sport.
Focusing on the rookies
As the F1 paddock continues to digest the news of Cullen’s departure, attention will turn to the next generation of drivers who made their debuts at the Bahrain Grand Prix. From Formula 1 to MotoGP, we report straight from the paddock because we love our sport, just like you. In order to keep delivering our expert journalism, our website uses advertising. Still, we want to give you the opportunity to enjoy an ad-free and tracker-free website and to continue using your adblocker.