Billy ‘Whizz’ Monger still has Formula 1 ‘dream’

Date published: February 15 2018

Billy 'Whizz' Monger is still determined to reach the pinnacle of motorsport after suffering life-changing injuries in a Formula 4 crash.

10 months on from the horrific accident which left him needing a double-leg amputation, Monger has been at the Carlin team factory preparing for his first race in F3 at the end of March.

And his passion for racing is still as strong as ever as he continues on the path that will hopefully lead him all the way to Formula 1.

"It's been my dream to race in F1 since I was eight," Monger told the Daily Mail.

"I don't see why that should change just because I've changed. It's a big challenge but I like to push myself. The accident has toughened me up and made me realise what's important. It's spurred me on to get to F1.

"I don't feel like my career path has changed. Before the crash we were looking at F3 as the ideal step up for this season. But I have to pinch myself when I think I've managed to get back to where I wanted to be after something so serious."

Monger has been overwhelmed by the messages of support he continues to receive from all corners of the motorsport world and singled out Lewis Hamilton for being a good friend to him.

"He's been a good friend," Monger added.

"I know he wants me to do well and is there to support me if I need him. I was star-struck when I first met him because he's my hero. I grew up watching him win world titles and I want to achieve similar things."