Race after race, Lewis Hamilton is breaking records like having a piece of cake. Last week in Barcelona, he registered a record 100th pole before winning his 98th race. In his wins over the past 5 years, there’s always a blonde woman cheering for his in the Mercedes garage, his friend and physiotherapist Angela Cullen.
She is responsible for Lewis Hamilton’s daily routine, personal logistics, his diet, sleep patterns, travel arrangements and more. Recently in an interview, she shared her side of the story.
“I was born and grew up in New Zealand, famous for outdoor activities,” Cullen started. “I have always had a passion for all sports. I was hugely competitive and got involved in everything from netball, soccer, cricket, volleyball, basketball, to swimming athletics. If there was a sports team, I wanted to be part of it.”
“But it was field hockey that I represented New Zealand in from the ages of 15 to 21. This was my first introduction to high-performance sports and human performance.”
Cullen also worked with the Track and Field athletes before entering F1. She shared about the same. “Initially, my work was primarily with 100 and 200-meter sprinters, although I worked across all track and field athletes, endurance athletes and the British triathlon team.”
She continued: “You could say that the 100 and 200-meter sprinters are the F1 of athletics. And my role was like the engineer or mechanic working closely with the athlete; fine-tuning their body to optimise their performance in terms of speed, power, mobility and control.”
“This was an amazing opportunity to learn about achieving ultimate body performance. I worked alongside some of the world’s best physiotherapists with some of the world’s best athletes. Working trackside before, during and after training sessions, constantly monitoring, mobilising and adjusting the body to achieve maximal speeds.”
‘She’s one of the greatest things that’s happened to me’: Lewis Hamilton on Angela Cullen
New Zealand-born Angela Cullen began working with Hamilton at the start of the 2016 season and the 7-time champion has always acknowledged Cullen’s impact on his performance.
“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 Hamilton. “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.”
The Hamilton-Cullen duo seems to be working just fine. They share a lot of mutual respect for each other as evident in their interviews. It sure is a professional match made in heaven!
The F1 calendar will be back at Monaco after two years next week. It will be Round 5 of the Championships on the streets of Monte Carlo.