Lewis Hamilton has announced his split from longtime performance coach Angela Cullen, with both posting tributes on social media.
New Zealander Colin has been a constant presence in the paddock, supporting Hamilton on racing weekends for most of the seven-time Formula 1 world champion’s time at Mercedes.
The 48-year-old became a familiar face to TV viewers, attending Hamilton in a role that was both personal assistant and close friend.
“For the past seven years, Angela Cullen has been by my side, pushing me to be the best version of myself,” the 38-year-old Briton said on Instagram ahead of the Saudi Grand Prix in Jeddah.
“I am a stronger athlete and a better person because of her. So I hope she will join me today in wishing her luck as she takes her next steps to achieve her dreams.
“Thank you for everything Ange, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.”
Coleen said on her Instagram that it has been seven years to the day since she first stood on the F1 circuit in Australia.
“I am so grateful and blessed to have had such an amazing journey in Formula One and I know my story will continue,” she said.
“And @lewishamilton, you gotta!! It’s such an honor and a pleasure to stand by you. I’m so proud of you and all that you’ve achieved.”
The most successful Formula 1 driver ever, Hamilton hasn’t won a race since his 103rd win in December 2021 at the Jeddah Corniche circuit.
Last season was the first in Hamilton’s Formula 1 career without achieving any wins, and Mercedes started the 2023 season with a car that seemed uncompetitive compared to the defending champion, Red Bull.
Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of the season but he has said he wants to stay on as talks start over a new deal.
“I still believe 100 percent in this team, it’s my family and I’ve been here for a long time,” he told reporters Thursday. “So I don’t plan on going anywhere else.”
Asked about recent comments suggesting he feels Mercedes has not been listening to his input on the new car, he said: “But we all need a kick, we all need to keep going.”
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