Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton and other figures from the world of motorsport have rallied in support of a teenage British motor racing driver who lost both his legs following a horrific high-speed crash.
Billy Monger, 17, was left fighting for his life after the crash during a Formula Four race at Donington Park in England on Sunday.
Onboard footage from Monger’s car showed him seeming to run into the back of the car of Finland’s Patrik Pasma, which appeared to have stopped on the track.
The crash left him trapped in the car for around 90 minutes.
The story of the amputation emerged through a crowdfunding effort on the site, JustGiving.com in an attempt to raise £260,000 to accommodate his life-altering injuries.
The talented racing prodigy has already passed the fundraising target.
“I have only just seen the news of this tragic incident,” tweeted Mercedes star Hamilton with a link to the fund-raising site.
“Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, @BillyMonger.”
I have only just seen the news of this tragic incident. https://t.co/44xpCxvFKz
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) April 19, 2017
Fellow F1 driver Sergio Perez also appealed for help.
— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) April 19, 2017
“Let’s help our fellow and his family thru this tough times! @BillyMonger,” tweeted the Force India driver.
A statement on the fund-raising page said, “After being involved in one of the most horrific crashes motorsport has seen Billy Monger is a teenager that needs little introduction. Thousands of people have already watched the haunting footage of the crash which left Billy fighting for his life.”
“Sadly Billy has had amputations to both legs,” it added.
“Having always been a fighter Billy has already overcome big hurdles in his career,” his family wrote.
“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.”