Lewis Hamilton took to social media on Friday, March 17, to announce that he will no longer be accompanied by long-time trainer and physiotherapist Angela Cullen.

New Zealand-born Cullen could so often be seen by Hamilton’s side, not only as a member of the Mercedes-AMG staff but also as the driver’s closest confidante and ally in the paddock. The partnership began in 2016, and since then Cullen helped Hamilton dominate F1 with Mercedes, even equaling Michael Schumacher’s record seven world championships in 2020.

Hamilton’s heartfelt message reads: “For the last seven years (Angela) has been by my side, pushing me to be the best version of myself. I am a stronger athlete and a better person because of her. So today I hope you’ll join me in wishing her the very best as she takes her next steps to pursue her dreams. Thank you for everything Ang, I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you.”

Hours after Hamilton’s farewell message put a lump in his fanbases’ throats, Cullen addressed her departure from the sport, and Hamilton’s side with a post of her own. The caption reads: “Exactly seven yrs 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. I am so grateful and blessed to have had this incredible journey in F1 and I know my story will continue. Thanks to the MB team, who have been my family for the past seven years. 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… Life’s journey is one big wave. Keep riding. Dream big. As Dreams do come true. Forever by your side. STILL WE RISE.”

As the rest of us try to find whoever is chopping onions, Hamilton must take the departure of his long-time trainer and friend in his stride as he prepares to race in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, March 19, where he took his last Formula 1 victory back in 2021.