Hamilton opens up on plans to remain in F1 ahead of 2023 season
The apparent wages Angela Cullen was paid by Lewis Hamilton at each Grand Prix have been revealed. The Mercedes star is understood to have paid his ex-physio a staggering £80,000 ($100,000) per race, according to Crash.net.
If correct, it means Cullen would have earned an eye-watering £1.7million ($2.2m) to cover all 22 races last season. According to The Sportsrush, Cullen has an estimated net worth of around £12m ($15m) after her long association with the Mercedes star.
This is a lot higher than the estimated average salary of physios who are usually paid by the team. According to Judge13, most earn just £60,000 (€70,000) for their services across the entire season.
Cullen started working with Hamilton back in 2016 after receiving an invitation from Hamilton to be his physio on race weekends. The Mercedes driver previously revealed he had sought Cullen’s help after suffering from neck issues.
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He received treatment from the New Zealander at home and quickly secured her services for on-the-road care. The two have since become close friends with Cullen often spotted by Hamilton’s side away from the race track.
But, the two parted ways after seven years following the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. No details have emerged on why Cullen left with Hamilton only stressing she was off to “follow her dreams”.
The 38-year-old has stressed the pair remain good friends and intend to stay in touch with each other.
He explained: “Angela is living her life right now. She’s got so many ideas of things she wants to do. We message pretty much every day. We are still going to skydive together. We are always going to be in each other’s lives.
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“We’re stuck with each other, unfortunately, or fortunately! We’ve been through thick and thin. I am grateful our relationship is as good as it is.” Hamilton previously used the services of Clayton Green when he was at McLaren.
Antti Vierula, who now works alongside Valtteri Bottas, also trained Hamilton back in 2011. However, Hamilton is now understood to prepare for races with Stephen Lord who has been with the seven-time champion for over a decade.
He commented: “This set-up I have right now is great: One of the guys that’s been with me since, Stevo, has been with me since my first race at McLaren, he followed me here when I moved from McLaren to here as my gearbox engineer and he’s moved onto several different roles and he’s helping me right now.”
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