Lewis Hamilton reveals revised support team after Angela Cullen exit

Jamie Woodhouse
Angela Cullen assists Lewis Hamilton on the grid. Silverstone July 2022

Angela Cullen assists Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on the grid. Silverstone July 2022

Now that Lewis Hamilton no longer has Angela Cullen by his side in the F1 circle, the Mercedes driver has a new support network to turn to.

Since 2016 seven-time World Champion Hamilton had leant on the support of Cullen, the former New Zealand international hockey player turned physiotherapist who had worked alongside Hamilton in that role.

It was one though which stretched further than that, with Cullen something of a confidante to F1’s most successful driver.

It was ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix though when Cullen and Hamilton went their separate ways, parting still on great terms as Cullen set about exploring other adventures in life.

Now, Hamilton revealed ahead of the Miami Grand Prix who he turns to in his inner circle when on F1 duties these days.

First is Stephen Lord, Mercedes’ race team coordinator who followed Hamilton from McLaren to Mercedes, affectionately known by Hamilton as ‘Stevo’.

Also in the mix is Penni Thow, Hamilton’s media talent manager who was brought into the fold by Hamilton two years go, allowing Hamilton to focus on his business in Formula 1 while Thow steers the ship on Hamilton’s outside projects and business interests.

“I have a slightly different setup,” Hamilton told media personnel in Miami. “The role is shared between two individuals.

“The setup I have, right now, is great. One of the guys, Stevo, has been with me since my first race at McLaren. He also came here when I moved from McLaren to here as my gearbox technician. And then he’s moved on to several different roles and he’s helping me right now.

“Otherwise I’m working with someone on my training, Kylie. I have Santi here as well, I have Penni. I have a great support structure.

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“The rest of my team is the same. Ange and I were talking just the other day. We stay in contact consistently. We are always going to be in each other’s lives, always looking forward to the next fun adventure.

“Whether it be skydiving, whether it be climbing Mount Everest together at some stage. Who knows? And just continuing to support each other’s journeys.”

Hamilton comes into the Miami Grand Prix looking to rebound from his lowest finish of the campaign so far in Baku, though his recovery drive to P6 was far from a low-key performance.

The Brit is though looking forward to the round which follows this, with Imola set to bring about the unveiling of a new-look Mercedes W14 as the team look to make progress in narrowing the deficit to runaway leaders Red Bull.