Formula 1

Billy Monger had a remarkable reaction after learning of his injuries

Published Add your comment

Football News

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.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Formula 1
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again