Prior to the Saudi Arabian GP track action commencing, it was confirmed that Lewis Hamilton and trainer Angela Cullen will no longer work together.
The duo, often seen together in the paddock, had been working together for the last seven years, with Cullen first appearing alongside Hamilton at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.
The announcement was met with heartfelt social media posts from both Hamilton and Cullen, which suggested that Cullen had left to “pursue her dreams”.
Speaking after the announcement, Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff believed that the decision was Hamilton’s choice.
“It was no surprise to us because Hamilton had been looking for change for a while,” he told Sky Sports.
Wolff elaborated in the press conference and paid tribute to “mascot” Cullen, and said he supported any decisions made by Hamilton to have ‘honest’ discussions about the future.
“Angela was part of the gang for a long time,” Wolff commented to media, including RacingNews365.com.
“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, because 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.”
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