Formula 1 has united together following the awful news that 17-year-old Formula 4 driver Billy Monger has had both lower legs amputated after Sunday’s high-speed crash at Donington Park.
Tributes have flooded in from across the world for the teenager, while a Just Giving page has raised over £500,000 to help him and his family as he begins the process of learning to adapt to living with his life-changing injuries.
Jenson Button and Max Verstappen have both donated £15,000 each for Monger, who was trapped for 90 minutes after colliding with another F4 car before being airlifted to hospital.
Lewis Hamilton, who has 4.32 million followers on Twitter, has also tweeted about the young racer.
“I have only just seen the news of this tragic incident,” he wrote before adding: “Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, @BillyMonger”.
Steven Hunter: We feared the worst
In truth, the outcome could have been even worse, such was the severity of the crash.
Steven Hunter, head of Monger’s team JHR Developments, admitted he feared the worst in the aftermath of the collision.
Hunter has told BBC News that the past few days have been a “heart-wrenching” time.
"We saw the crash and our fears were as low as they could be, but all credit to the medical staff at the track and at the hospital, they have worked miracles,” he said.
"It has been heart-wrenching but from where we were after the crash to where we are now, everything has been in the right direction since.
"The pipes are out of his mouth and he spoke. He was hoarse but he just about spoke."
How Monger has reacted to his life-changing injuries
It says everything about the lad that he has reacted to the news about his injuries in a positive manner, according to Hunter.
“We’ve had some real positives,” he told Autosport. “Billy was breathing on his own and talking, to a degree.
“He’s aware of his injuries. He’s exceptionally positive about the situation – he’s sat there working out how to use a clutch on the steering wheel with his hands.
“That’s Billy. There’s a long, long road ahead, he’s going to go through some hard times, but I’m sure with the character he has he’ll come through it.”
Remarkable. Despite being informed of his double amputation, Monger is already thinking of how he can get back behind the wheel and doing what he does best.
To donate money for Billy Monger: click on his Just Giving page HERE.
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