It’s hard to miss Angela Cullen during Formula 1 race weekend broadcasts. She is one of the first people to congratulate Lewis Hamilton after qualifying and races and is almost always next to him in the paddock.
Aside from being Lewis’ physiotherapist, Cullen has been helping Hamilton with his daily routine, personal logistics, diet, sleep patterns, travel arrangements and more since 2016. In a recent interview with Ziggo Sport Lewis opened up about their relationship.
“People for sure won’t understand it, naturally, because they see it from a distance, but she has been one of the greatest things that’s happened to me in my life,” said the Briton.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of people… and she’s the single hardest-working woman that I get to be around.
“She’s focused, selfless, and she makes my weekends peaceful. Every day I wake up, whatever time it is, she’s just positive – never a single day has she been negative, so that’s very, very important.
“I think it’s important in life to put positive people around you. You can’t be going around with deadweights, you can’t be going around with people who don’t inspire you to be better and lift you up when you’re down.
“You need to be around people who can do that for you, and she’s one of them.”
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Hamilton went on to explain how the blonde New Zealander started working with him.
“When you come into Formula 1, there’s this whole idea of physios, but a lot of them, or some of them, are just trainers.
“They still take on the title of ‘physio’ – but a physio is a physiotherapist, and for years, I’d always had a male trainer, but I noticed that I was always having different problems.
“I’d have, like, muscle tightness in my neck, or I’d have problems with my lower back, or glute, whatever it might be, and my trainer could never fix it.
“So you’d have to just deal with it through the weekend and I was like, ‘This doesn’t make sense. I don’t need to train on the weekends.’
“So I was like, ‘I need to find a physio.’ Angela had done a bit of work on me back home, so I spoke to her and asked her, ‘Would you like to come on the road with me?’ and little did I know that we would have the greatest partnership,” concluded the six-time champion.
You can read more about Angela in her own words and the words of her colleagues here.