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Billy MongerNationalityUnited Kingdom BritishBorn (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 20)
Charlwood, Surrey, England, United KingdomBRDC British Formula 3 Championship careerDebut season2016Current teamCarlinCar number23Starts33Wins1Poles1Fastest laps1Best finish1st (F3) in 2019

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Billy Monger (born 5 May 1999) is a British racing driver who raced in British F4 in 2016 and 2017. He is also referred to by the nickname “Billy Whizz”. In April 2017, he was critically injured when he was involved in a collision at Donington Park. Both of his legs were amputated, one below the knee and one above. Prior to that he was heavily involved in kart racing all over the UK and the Channel Islands, and then a successful Ginetta Junior racer.

After treatment and therapy, Monger returned to competition in November 2017. In 2018, Monger was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity.

In 2019, he supplied analysis for Channel 4’s F1 coverage. He also competed in the Formula 3 based Euroformula Open championship for Carlin Motorsport. He achieved his first single seater race win in the historic Pau Grand Prix on 19 May 2019.

Billy Monger Career

Monger first got behind the wheel of a vehicle at the age of three, when his father, a former kart racer, bought him his first go-kart.

In 2016, Monger joined the F4 British Championship with JHR Developments. There he took three podiums and finished 12th in the championship. He remained with the team for the 2017 season. On 16 April 2017, Monger was involved in a high-speed crash at the Donington race; as a result he had the both of his legs amputated. His left leg was amputated high above the knee, leaving him with a short stump of his thigh. His right leg is longer, being amputated below the knee, and this longer stump enables him to drive modified cars. A JustGiving page was set up by his team JHR Developments to raise money for Monger, raising over £500,000 in the first 24 hours. A number of F1 drivers have shown their support towards Monger, including Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hülkenberg.

In June 2017, it was announced that Monger would return to competition in November, sharing a Group CN Ligier JS53 Evo 2-Honda with quadruple amputee Frédéric Sausset in a round of the V de V Challenge Endurance Proto at the Autódromo do Estoril in Portugal, as part of a programme with the eventual aim of fielding a team of three disabled drivers at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours. In July 2017, Monger made his return to the track when he tested a Fun Cup race car adapted with additional hand controls by disabled motorsport specialists Team BRIT at Brands Hatch, where he regained his race license.

In February 2018, Monger drove a single seater racing car for the first time since his crash when he tested a BRDC British Formula 3 car for the Carlin team at Oulton Park. The following month Monger confirmed that he would be racing for Carlin in the opening meeting of the 2018 BRDC Formula 3 series at the same venue. In order to compete in F3, he and his family had to appeal to the sport’s international governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, to change their regulations, as they had restricted disabled drivers from racing single seaters on the grounds of safety: the FIA decided to lift the ban in December 2017, allowing disabled drivers to race appropriately-modified single seaters as long as they could pass safety checks. He finished third at Oulton Park in a car adapted for him: the modifications included moving the brake pedal upwards so he could brake using one of his leg stumps, and replacing the throttle pedal with a lever mounted on the steering wheel.

In June 2018, Monger drove a Formula 1 racing car for the first time when he tested a Sauber C30 at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby. The car had been specially converted to match the hand controls present in the Carlin BRDC British Formula 3 car he races. A documentary feature about Monger’s first Formula 1 drive was shown as part of Sky F1’s coverage of the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix. Another documentary about Monger’s career, Driven: The Billy Monger Story, was produced by the BBC and released via BBC Three in November 2018.

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