Lewis Hamilton has revealed details of Angela Cullen’s replacement after the pair split. The duo announced they would part ways ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after working together for seven years.
No details on Cullen’s next role have emerged although Hamilton admitted she would be pursuing her dreams after leaving F1.
However, Hamilton has not waited around with an alternative already sorted for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
He told Sky Sports F1: “Now I’ve got one of the guys, Stevo, who’s been with me since my first race at McLaren is helping me out.” Hamilton started working with Cullen back in 2016 after asking her to join him on the F1 circus.
It came after the world champion suffered neck tightness and lower back pain under the expertise of his previous male trainer.
Cullen is spotted at Hamilton’s side at most race weekends and the two even meet up away from the track to help keep the seven-time champion in shape. Cullen was a member of the Hintsa Performance group which specialises in athlete training and wellbeing.
Hamilton has used the team throughout his F1 career after establishing a close relationship with the group’s founder. Hintsa claims to have supported drivers who have won 17 F1 World Championships including the last 13 consecutively.
Hamilton added: “Well when I started in Formula One, Hintsa was my dear friend (Dr Aki Hintsa) who passed away from cancer. But he had a huge influence on me even getting into a team and then he started up this company servicing athletes.“
Pretty much all the drivers use Hintsa with medical and trainer application and physio and stuff like that. It’s an incredibly challenging role for anyone in those positions. It’s a lot of travelling, it’s a lot of time away from family.“
You grow incredibly close together if you’re at dinner or during your weekends while you’re travelling it’s usually you and your patients or physio. It’s incredibly intimate in that sense and you become great friends.”
Martin Brundle had claimed Cullen’s departure would not “detract” from Hamilton’s performance on track. But, the Sky Sports commentator changed his mind in Saudi Arabia as the 38-year-old struggled to find form.
Brundle noticed Hamilton’s “chin was down” for much of the weekend while Nico Rosberg stressed it would be “another challenge”. Rosberg added: “For Lewis not to have her I’m sure is gonna be not ideal and not so nice.”