Hamilton’s Split from Mercedes Coach Leaves Fans Wondering About His Future in F1

Lewis Hamil­ton, the sev­en-time world cham­pi­on, is not only strug­gling to stay at the front of the F1 grid, but has also lost some­one who has been cen­tral to his suc­cess so far. Hamil­ton is rac­ing his sec­ond Grand Prix of the sea­son in Sau­di Ara­bia after bat­tling for fifth place at the Bahrain Grand Prix ear­li­er this month.

And while in Jed­dah, he con­firmed that he had dis­solved his rela­tion­ship with his phys­io­ther­a­pist and close friend, Angela Cullen. Hamil­ton has been open about how much he cares about the New Zealan­ders who have helped him since 2015.

The 48-year-old phys­io­ther­a­pist from France has since helped over­see six of Hamil­ton’s cham­pi­onship wins. And she her­self has no short­age of qual­i­fi­ca­tions in her sport, hav­ing played junior hock­ey in her coun­try at inter­na­tion­al lev­el and in 2006 she com­pet­ed on the South Amer­i­can tour of cycling.

How­ev­er, in an emo­tion­al Insta­gram post, she shared a pho­to of the two togeth­er, writ­ing, “For the past sev­en years, Angela Karen 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 would like to ask every­one to pray for her to fol­low her dreams and take the next step. Thank you, Anne, for every­thing you have done. I look for­ward to your future success.”

Hamil­ton pre­vi­ous­ly described Karen as “one of the best things that hap­pened to me”, and the pair even got match­ing tat­toos that read “Loy­al­ty”. For a 38-year-old wor­ried about his future in F1, the farewell could not have been worse.

The Mer­cedes dri­ver is aim­ing for an eighth world title in his­to­ry but is unlike­ly to win the title in 2023 as Sil­ver Arrows are well behind Red Bull. The star then lashed out at Toto Wolff and his team for “not lis­ten­ing to him” about his con­cerns about the W14’s design.

And Fri­day’s first prac­tice ses­sion in Sau­di Ara­bia could hard­ly have made him feel bet­ter. Again, Max Ver­stap­pen and Ser­gio Perez dom­i­nat­ed, with Hamil­ton sixth.

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