LEWIS HAMILTON has announced a split with long-term trainer Angela Cullen ahead of the Saudi Arabian GP.
Hamilton, 38, posted the unexpected news on his Instagram account where he paid tribute to the 48-year-old who has been by his side for the past seven years.
Cullen, who is from New Zealand and was a professional hockey player before working for Hintsa Performance, set-up by the late Dr Aki Hintsa, worked with Hamilton at McLaren.
Hamilton wrote: "For the last seven years Angela Cullen 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 hope you'll join me in wishing her the very best as she takes her next steps to pursue her dreams.
"Thank you for everything Ang, I can't wait to see what the future has in store for you."
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Cullen posted her response to the news on her Instagram.
She said:"Exactly seven years ago on this day I was standing in the F1 paddock for the first time at the Australian GP. Today I’m excited to share that I’m off on my next adventure.
"I am so grateful and blessed to have had this incredible journey in F1 and I know my story will continue.
"Thanks to the Mercedes team, who have been my family for the past seven years.
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"And @lewishamilton you GOAT ! It’s been such an honour and pleasure to stand alongside you. I’m so proud of you and everything you have achieved.
"Thank you for supporting me, believing in me and showing me the limitless potential we all have within us.
"I am so excited to watch the next chapter for you. There’s nothing you can’t do.
"Don’t stop believing…
"Life’s journey is one big wave. Keep riding. Dream big. As Dreams do come true. Forever by your side
"STILL WE RISE"
Cullen worked with Hamilton over the race weekend and between races, looking after his meal preparations and arranging the logistics in getting to and from the circuit.
Her departure is unexpected and will cast questions about Hamilton's future in the sport.
Hamilton is currently in Saudi Arabia preparing for this weekend's Grand Prix.
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