F1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button help raise over £500,000 for teen racing driver Billy Monger after he loses both legs in horror smash

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A JustGiving page has been set up to aid the 17-year-old, who is due top be woken from a coma in coming days

LEWIS HAMILTON and Jenson Button have helped raise over £500,000 for tragic teen racer Billy Monger after he lost both legs in a horror crash on Sunday.

The 17-year-old suffered a high-speed smash while racing in a Formula 4 race at Donington Park  and remains in hospital in a “critical, but stable” condition.

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Teenage racing driver Billy Monger has lost both his legs after a horrific crash

The horror accident occurred in a Formula 4 race at Donington Park over the weekend

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The horror accident occurred in a Formula 4 race at Donington Park over the weekend

Monger, who is due to be woken from a coma in the coming days, hit a stationary car at full speed and was sent into a terrifying spin.


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He was treated for 90 minutes at the track before being airlifted to hospital for further treatment.

However, the racer from near Gatwick, West Sussex, has had both legs amputated.

Fellow racer Tom Ingram, who used to drive for Monger’s JHR Developments team, had set up a JustGiving Page to raise money to help the youngster’s recovery.

And Formula One megastars Hamilton and Button have both contacted Monger on social media to show their support.

Three-time world champion Hamilton tweeted: “I have only just seen the news of this tragic incident.

“Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, @BillyMonger

 

Button wrote on his Instagram account: “Hey guys this fellow racer Billy Monger had a big shunt this past weekend at Donington and sadly Billy has had amputations to both legs. This guy needs our help so if you can please donate, I will be doing as much as I can to help this dude out.

“The donations will be used to fund the care, treatments and therapies required by Billy in the immediate future and going forward, helping him to return to a full and active life. Info is on my bio.”

Monger is at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where the hospital released a statement saying he was “receiving the best medical attention possible”.

The statement continued: “Due to the injuries sustained and despite every effort, Billy has sadly had both lower legs amputated.

“He has been kept in an induced coma while undergoing surgery, from which he is expected to be woken in the next few days.”

British F4 racing driver Billy Monger crashes at Donington Park

Ben Monger vies for position at Donington on Sunday

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Ben Monger vies for position at Donington on Sunday

In the gloomy conditions the teenager attempted an overtaking move

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In the gloomy conditions the teenager attempted an overtaking move

The car then suddenly appears and the driver has no time to move out of the way

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The car then suddenly appears and the driver has no time to move out of the way


The teenager, 17, was rushed to hospital in an air ambulance

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The teenager, 17, was rushed to hospital in an air ambulance

Ingram said: “Well known in Motorsport for being not only an extremely talented young driver but for also being a truly special 17 year old – loved and admired by his team, fellow competitors, supporters and of course his devoted family.

“Billy is a complete one off, a cracking young man with a spark that makes it impossible for anyone not to like him.

“Having always been a fighter Billy has already overcome big hurdles in his career – struggling for budget, Billy has fought his way into top flight Motorsport.

“However, we now need your kindness and support to help give Billy and his family the best chance to fight these injuries that will affect Billy’s life so massively.”

Emergency services working at the scene of the horror smash

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Emergency services working at the scene of the horror smash

The fund-raising page aimed to raise £260,000 for Monger’s rehabilitation and necessary medical treatment.

His crash echoes that of Alex Zanardi, who suffered a devastating crash in an American CART race in 2001.

Zanardi returned to racing less than two years after his accident before taking up handcycling and has won gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics and 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Billy Monger’s horrific crash comes just three weeks after British rider Mick Whalley lost his life at the same track.

Whalley was tragically killed in a seven-bike pile-up during a Superbikes support race at Donnington.



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