Billy Monger, the teenage British racing driver who lost both legs following a horror crash, has vowed to get back behind the wheel after seeing a Just Giving page set up to aid his recover surpass £800,000 on his 18th birthday
Monger was racing in the Formula 4 championship at Donington Park last month when he was involved in a high-speed collision with a stationary car, and trapped for 90 minutes while medics carefully extricated him from the wreckage.
Despite medics’ best efforts, the teenager lost both of his lower legs and has spent nearly three weeks at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
His story has touched motor sport fans the world over who have raised £800,000 in his name, with former Formula 1 world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button giving their backing to the teenager known as Billy Whizz.
Monger, who turned 18 on Friday, told the Press Association: “All the support just makes me more determined to get back in the car and get racing again. That’s the goal.”
The youngster’s brave pledge prompted his mother, 51-year-old Amanda – who was sitting at his hospital bedside – to joke: “I’ll need a tranquilliser.”
Speaking from his bed surrounded by birthday cards, the determined young man said he had been left “lost for words” by the worldwide fund-raising appeal.
He also said it was “cool” to have seen seasoned F1 world champions Button and Hamilton take up his cause.
Monger said: “It was weird, seeing them giving their support because they’re obviously people you want to, you aim to be like them, at the top of the sport. That was cool.”
His mother revealed the hospital set up a projector to screen the Sochi grand prix in Russia, where F1 teams had shown their support emblazoning their cars with the fundraising hashtag £BillyWhizz.
The family are due to return home to Charlwood, Surrey, on Saturday after Billy’s discharge from hospital and his first legal pint at a pub near the Queen’s Medical Centre on Friday…