Billy Monger has said that Lewis Hamilton has had a big impact on him as he continues on his road to recovery from a horrific F4 crash.
Monger had both legs amputated in a near-fatal crash at Donnington Park in April last year, but is remarkably ready to return to racing action – a process which the four-time Formula 1 champion Hamilton has helped with.
“He’s made a big impact on me," Monger told Mobil 1 The Grid.
"When I was 8 years old, watching Lewis win World Championships, I wanted to be like him, I wanted to be an F1 World Champion.
"When I went to the British Grand Prix with him, he was everything I’d hoped he’d be. He was really supportive, he gave me as much as time as he could. He just encouraged me to keep going with my dreams."
And those dreams still include progressing all the way up to the level of Formula 1.
“The dream’s always been the same," he added. "The ultimate goal’s to become an F1 World Champion.
"Whether that’s possible now or not, I won’t know unless I try, so I’m gonna give it my best shot.
"If I make a difference to one person’s life who’s in a similar position to me, for them to go out and try a sport that they loved doing before but don’t think they can do now.
"If I just make that difference to one person, then everything I’m doing here is worthwhile."
Check out the full interview with Mobil 1 The Grid below…