Lewis Hamilton opens up on Angela Cullen break up amid Mercedes F1 “distress”

Lewis Hamilton opened up about his break up with private assistant Angela Cullen after the British driver had one other depressing qualifying session in Jeddah.

Hamilton introduced on Friday that his partnership with Cullen was coming to an end after seven years. Cullen has been the British star’s closest ally within the paddock and helped him in direction of 4 of his seven world titles. She confirmed their break up in an announcement telling Hamilton “there’s nothing you can’t do” in an emotional goodbye.

Regardless of leaving his facet Hamilton revealed after Saturday’s qualifying session in Jeddah that he nonetheless sends textual content messages to his former assist “on daily basis”.

“Angela and I are good. She’s in a unique section of her life, we’re nonetheless tremendous shut,” mentioned Hamilton in Jeddah.

“We preserve texting on daily basis, massively supportive and I am massively supportive of her, so grateful to have had her with me on this journey. She’s one among my closest mates and continues to be.”

Hamilton had a disappointing season in 2022 by his excessive requirements ending sixth within the driver’s championship as Purple Bull rival Max Verstappen stormed to his second world title. Mercedes had hoped to rectify the issues they skilled with final season’s W13 mannequin, however Hamilton’s future with the constructor has been questioned after a disappointing begin.

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Hamilton remained off the tempo in Jeddah with the seven-time world champion qualifying eighth for Sunday’s Saudi Arabia Grand Prix. The British star was extremely essential of final yr’s W13 automotive and has offered a bleak outlook on this season’s mannequin.

“I simply do not feel the automotive beneath me,” Hamilton informed Sky Sports activities. “I simply do not feel related to this automotive and I can not get it. I do not actually know what I will do about that.

“It is depressing. It is powerful. I am giving it completely the whole lot. I am right here as late as I will be on daily basis and getting ready as greatest as I can with the automotive, and I nonetheless simply cannot join with it. I do not actually know what to say.”

Cullen has left Mercedes

Cullen might be the individual Hamilton wants by his facet most throughout the difficulties going through Mercedes this season. Hamilton’s previous comments confirmed the true nature of their friendship.

“She’s targeted, selfless, and he or she makes my weekends peaceable,” he beforehand mentioned. “Day-after-day I get up, no matter time it’s, she’s simply optimistic – by no means a single day has she been adverse, in order that’s very, essential.

“I feel it is essential in life to place optimistic folks round you. You may’t be going round with useless weights, you possibly can’t be going round with individuals who do not encourage you to be higher and elevate you up whenever you’re down. It’s good to be round individuals who can try this for you, and he or she’s one among them.”

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