Lewis Hamilton’s F1 Trainer Angela Cullen Divulges the Huge Pressures on ‘Quali Day’

Published 08/23/2021, 6:05 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


It’s race week and fans won’t have to wait long. In a matter of days we go racing at Spa for the Belgium Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton will be looking to bounce back after the disappointing defeat at the Hungarian GP. But it is the Knight’s loyal aide, Angela Cullen hoping that the Mercedes driver will step up his game in the qualifying session.

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Hamilton’s was on top of the timesheets in Budapest, before the summer break. However, he didn’t find himself claiming victory. But, with the upcoming Belgium Grand Prix, the 36-year-old will hope to replicate his pace from the Hungaroring at Spa and aim to take the chequered flag from start to finish.

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Angela Cullen reveals the pressure on Lewis Hamilton on quali days

One of the most intense parts of a Grand Prix weekend is the high-paced qualifications. Drives pushing the limits of their car, trying to set the fastest lap around the track. Hence, Cullen is nervous and hopes that Hamilton can extract the most out of the Mercedes that sees him start on pole for Sunday’s race.

She wrote on Instagram, “I love everyday of a race weekend but it’s Saturday .. ‘Quali day’ that the focus really gets turned up. Practice session three is always fast and furious trying to fine tune the car for that fast lap without losing performance for race day.

“Then the debrief directly after the session is intense and long, with numerous discussion on car set up between drivers and engineers that last sometimes up to the minute they get back in the car.”

“I love the atmosphere in the engineering room so focused and always an air of excitement with an underlying intensity to the task at hand, I’m usually just on hand trying not to be too nervous. or overly excited at the same time
I just love Quali day,” she concluded.

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Can Lewis find the pace at Spa?

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Last season, the Mercedes driver started from pole position and claimed victory after forty-four laps around Spa. Hence, it is no surprise that he will be looking to do the same this time around.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton qualifies in pole position Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny

The Knight is well aware of the challenges that he will face this weekend, as title-rival, Max Verstappen will try and bounce back. However, with Cullen by his side during the Grand Prix weekend, he is optimistic and hopes to bag another win for the Silver Arrows.

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What are your predictions for the 7-times world champion? Do you see him take pole on Saturday? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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