Toto Wolff opens up on Lewis Hamilton’s decision to stop working with Angela Cullen

Angela Cullen started working as Lewis Hamilton's trainer in 2016, the year he lost the title to Nico Rosberg.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has revealed that it was Lewis Hamilton’s decision to part ways with long-term partner Angela Cullen, after the duo announced their split ahead of the opening session at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Hamilton and Cullen announced their split on social media, with the pair having spent seven years working together.

Many quickly began to question why the pair had decided to call it a day on their partnership; however, Wolff has confirmed that it was the seven-time world champion who was “looking for a change”.

“We have seen for some time now that Lewis was looking for a change,” Wolff said.

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“I think in every team, whether that’s his close circle or also in the wider group, it’s not a static situation that you can freeze. We all develop as people and as an organisation. And if things don’t work out anymore, we need to be honest about it and then bring change.

“Angela will always be a mascot of the team. She’s the only one who has a louder voice than a starting car. But, you know, if this is what he decides, we will always absolutely support him, whatever direction he wants to take.”

Cullen will be at Hamilton’s side this weekend at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with it yet to be confirmed by the duo whether this weekend will be their last together.

Hamilton has won four world titles whilst being supported by the New Zealander, who has often been seen by the British driver’s side both on and off the circuit.

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She revealed on Instagram that she’s “off on my next adventure”, but that it’d been “an honour and pleasure” to work alongside the 103-time race winner.

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“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 I’m off on my next adventure,” Cullen wrote.

“And @lewishamilton you GOAT !! It’s been such an honour and pleasure to stand along side 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…”