“Can’t believe she’s gone”
Emotional Hamilton mourns five-year-old Isla
Isla impressed Lewis Hamilton with her strength. Now he mourns his little fan. The five-year-old has lost the fight against her incurable disease.
Shocking news has reached Lewis Hamilton.
No win and only 6th place in the World Championship – the 2022 Formula 1 season is not one of the most successful for seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (37, 103 GP victories). But that’s taking a back seat to the Brit just a week after the last race. Because sad news has reached him.
Five-year-old Isla, a big fan of the Mercedes driver, has lost the fight against her terminal illness. In an emotional statement on social media, Hamilton mourns the girl. The news of her death shocked him. “I can’t stop thinking about Isla. I can’t believe she’s gone and I can’t hug her anymore. Life is not fair.”
First meeting in Spain
He met Isla in May this year at the Spanish GP. This fulfilled a big dream of the girl, as her mother wrote on Instagram at the time. “When we found out how bad Isla was doing, we asked her where she would like to go on vacation and which places she would like to visit. Her only answer was ‘visit Lewis’.”
The meeting was emotional. Not only for the family, but also for Hamilton. He said at the time that he had to make a special effort to be able to concentrate on the race track. He wrote of Isla: “She is so full of light, her smile alone has brought more happiness than I can put into words. Seeing her smile and strength is the greatest gift.”
“She was a fighter”
However, Hamilton was unable to fulfill the wish that Isla expressed at the time. “She said: ‘Will you win the race for me?’ I said: ‘I don’t know if we can win, but I will do everything for you’,” he said. Ultimately he finished the GP in 5th place.
A few weeks later they met again at Silverstone. That was also a very moving moment for the Brit. “Meeting this little girl and her family at Silverstone was powerful and moving, she was a fighter and an inspiration to all of us,” he wrote in his statement. And ends it with a promise: “Your memory will always be with me”.