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Former Hamilton right-hand praised for being 'more than a physio'

Angela Cullen spent several years working alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, before switching to the IndyCar Series in collaboration with Marcus Armstrong.

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IndyCar driver Marcus Armstrong has detailed the impact that Angela Cullen has had since the formation of their partnership.

Cullen is best known for spending several years working alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes as his physiotherapist during his world championship winning years.

In early 2023, Hamilton announced that his partnership with Cullen had come to an end.

Cullen's latest venture has seen her work with compatriot Armstrong, who joined the IndyCar Series last year with Chip Ganassi Racing. 

Speaking to AP regarding his relationship with Cullen, Armstrong stated: “I was quite surprised.

“Frankly, after spending several years in F1, you’d think you’d sort of want to not be involved in motorsport and just sort of take a break.

“But it’s quite the opposite.

“She’s extremely passionate about the sport and when we started to talk casually, we definitely started to vibe and just sort of we were on the same wavelength.”

'More than a physio'

Armstrong outlined Cullen's impact goes far beyond her physio knowledge.

“She has all the experience in the world,” Armstrong said. “She’s seen championships won, she’s seen how it’s done by Mercedes and all of that.

“So having her on board is a source of inspiration and guidance and motivation. We’ve been working together not that long and I don’t even know how I managed races without her.

“Because she helps me to first off eliminate the distraction, because there’s so many distractions in this sport.

“And our whole goal is performance driven. If it’s not delivering performance, then we’re not going to do it.

“So she’s very much a guiding force when it comes to what we do on a daily basis. She’s not exactly a physio, let’s say. She’s more than that.”

Armstrong scored his first career IndyCar podium at the Detroit Grand Prix last weekend.

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