Lewis Hamilton is extremely grateful for the work personal trainer Angela Cullen does in getting him prepared for every F1 race, stating that he "couldn't do it without her".
Cullen has worked with Hamilton since 2016 and been a mainstay ever since, with the Mercedes driver explaining to RacingNews365.com and other members of the media just how much she has helped him compared to past trainers.
"Angela and I are naturally incredibly close, we pretty much live together," said Hamilton. "We're close as a friends also, so [I'm] very lucky to have found Angela, because she's a very special human being.
"Basically, when I got to Formula 1, I didn't have a trainer up until I was in F1, and I was given a trainer. At the time, they're all called physios. A couple of the trainers I had were not physios, but they were called the physio for the race weekend.
"It was usually a guy who I had been working with, [who would] be on the road with and train with me, but I started to notice I was having issues… every now and again, small injuries pop up, or you realise that you've got a neck problem or whatever it may be, but I never had anyone [who was] able to fix that.
"It wasn't until afterwards that I would get back and I'd see Angela, so I was like, 'Look, why don't you come on the road with me? I'm not training on the race weekend. I actually need a physio that knows my body and knows what it needs to be as best prepared for a race weekend. Then when I'm away, I can train with whoever'.
"Along that route, we've grown together in terms of how we manage our weekends, how we prepare, taking the least stressed route, and just making sure that I'm as fresh as I can be when I get in the car."
Cullen is almost always found by Hamilton's side, with the Briton pointing out just how many hours they spend together in a day.
He added: "Angela is generally with me until 10 or 11pm every day, and with me from 6-7am every morning. So it's a very important role, a very important relationship."
Although Hamilton is involved in a close title fight with Max Verstappen this season, he says that hasn't affected his relationship with Cullen.
"I don't think that this year has brought us closer than any other year, because we are incredibly close as it is," said Hamilton. "We love our job, we love doing what we do, we love doing it together.
"I'm incredibly grateful to be able to have her on the road with me. I don't think I could do it without her."
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