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F1 stars help raise funds to support Billy Monger following horrific crash

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Billy Monger, one of the brightest teenage prospects in motor racing, suffered a horrific crash on Sunday while racing in Formula Four at Donington Park. 

The 17-year-old was involved in a high-speed collision with a stationary car as he vied for position during the race. 

Monger was reportedly treated on the circuit for 90 minutes before being airlifted to a hospital for treatment. 

More recent news has confirmed that the driver has had both of his legs amputated and remains in an induced coma for medical treatment. 

Formula One superstars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have taken to social media to bring this situation to light and also spread the word regarding the funding initiative for the racer's treatment, which has been set up by his family. 

Hamilton posted about the donation campaign on Twitter with the caption: "I have only just seen the news of this tragic incident."

He also shared a link to the donation page for Monger in his post.

In another tweet, the former F1 champion said: "Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, @BillyMonger."

Button shared an Instagram link to the same donation page on Twitter with a post saying: "Hey guys this fellow racer Billy Monger had a big shunt this past weekend at Donnington and... ."

Support from these stars has helped to attract thousands of people to the page as well as bring the seriousness of the issue to light. 

The donation page had an initial plan to raise £260,000 to help fund Monger's treatment and was met with overwhelming support with the sum now well over £400,000 and rising. 

A statement at the head of the page reads: "Weʼre raising £260,000 to Help Billy Monger beat life changing injuries, after being involved in one of the most horrific crashes Motorsport has seen."

The page also contains a detailed story about the crash and Monger himself by the family, as well as mentioning aspects of the treatment. 

It is understood that the teen will be awoken from the coma in the coming days following a statement from the doctors saying that he is in critical but stable condition following the surgery. 

Monger will require all the support he can get following this life-changing incident and already seems to have the ever-growing support of fellow racers and viewers. 

If you would like to make a donation, please follow the link here to Monger's JustGiving page.

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