Double amputee driver aims to get into Formula 1

Racing driver Billy Monger is preparing to return to motorsport less than nine months after a near fatal crash cost him both of his legs.

The 18-year-old from Surrey will drive this week in an exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC Arena, and he is already planning a return to competitive racing next season.

He had both of his legs amputated after a high speed crash during a Formula 4 race at Donington Park last April.

Lewis Hamilton (left) and amputee teenage racing driver Billy Monger during second practice of the 2017 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester.

Image: Billy Monger and Lewis Hamilton at the 2017 British Grand Prix

But Billy says his dream of reaching F1 remains unchanged.

He told Sky News: “My focus is on driving in F3 next season, we are working on a budget for it and long term I want to get into F1.

“I’m so grateful to everyone who has backed me.

“I was in a coma for the first three days and then when I woke up all these donations had come flooding in. The support from the motorsport community has been amazing.”

Double amputee Billy is aiming to compete in F1

Image: Double amputee Billy is aiming to compete in F1

Terry Grant is a professional stunt driver who has been teaching Billy the moves he needs to know for his NEC appearance.

“All the other drivers have notes and notepads in their cars, Billy doesn’t,” he said.

“It’s all in Billy’s head. That’s how focused he is. He’s a brilliant driver and I just wanted him to have something to get his teeth into while he continues his recovery.”

Billy Monger

Image: Billy has been practising at an airfield near Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Mission Motorsport is a military charity that helps injured veterans and they too have been helping Billy on his road to recovery.

Lionel O’Connor, a wounded veteran who lost his leg in an IED explosion in Iraq in 2006, said: “His attitude is first class, we have learnt a lot from being around Billy.

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“Billy’s driving skills are pretty decent, to say the least!”

The teenager will appear at the Autosport International Event at the Birmingham NEC from Thursday.