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Billy Monger - injury, recovery and return to racing


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#501 P123

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 16:36

Great stuff by Monger. :) Well done to him.

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#502 Dan333SP

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 16:41

However, in that prototype there was no risk of electrocution. That might be the biggest issue with F1, Halo and these kind of leg issues.

 

Great to read about the podium today! A pretty good start on his "second" career! Let's hope it only get's better with more experience as well! :D

 

Huh? Do you mean a prosthetic limb would be more likely to conduct electricity into his body from a damaged ERS? I'd think it would be pretty easy to put some sort of non-conductive material cover over the prosthetics...



#503 monolulu

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 16:43

Let’s hope that now he gets the sponsorship he deserves 👏

Edited by monolulu, 31 March 2018 - 16:43.


#504 Sterzo

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 16:44

A podium... speechless... Billy still has his Whizz!



#505 Lipp

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 16:45

Much respect for the resilience of this young man!!!



#506 Myrvold

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 16:46

Huh? Do you mean a prosthetic limb would be more likely to conduct electricity into his body from a damaged ERS? I'd think it would be pretty easy to put some sort of non-conductive material cover over the prosthetics...

D'oh!  :rotfl: 

You know what... I didn't even thing of the prosthetic thing! I just thought that he had to touch the car much more than the majority. A proper brain fart from me there. Of course. I still do wonder if he have to use his hands more on the actual car in comparison. But ye, I should've given that a bit more thought, eh! :)



#507 Victor_RO

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 16:58

Title updated to better reflect the state of things. :)



#508 ali.unal

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 17:15

What an absolute inspiration! Well done, brother. Stonking job. 



#509 Francesc

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 18:03

I'm out of words. He's an hero. :up:



#510 maverick69

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 18:22

Excellent work young man.

 

I doff my cap.

 

With all of the crap going on in the world - it's very heartening to see. 



#511 Danyy

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 18:50

Well done billy :)

#512 OvDrone

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 20:41

Goosebumps reading about this kid. 

 

True warrior spirit, what an amazing soul. 



#513 ArchieTech

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 20:55

I didn't think it was possible to be more impressed than I was after his progress last year, but to hear about this is just amazing. Less than a year since being in a coma and having both legs amputated after that terrible accident, he not only races a single seater again, he finishes on the podium! Wow :up:

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#514 f1paul

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 21:01

:clap: 



#515 Swck81

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 23:14

Great to see him back in action! What a hero!

#516 genespleen

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 01:01

Heroic and absolutely inspirational.  Potential sponsors, please pay attention and associate yourselves with this story.



#517 stairpotato

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 01:13

Awesome job.  Great to see Billy back racing again.

 

I hope it's not long before we stop seeing Billy as 'that kid that lost his lower legs' and we get back to simply thinking of him as a cracking racing driver.

 

Would love to see Billy work his way into F1 - we need someone like him in the sport :)



#518 djparky

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:39

Amazing..well done

#519 Disgrace

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:54

The question now is surely how far he can climb the ladder. Incredible achievement just to have shifted the frame of the debate within a year of the accident.



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#520 f1paul

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:56

Billy will be back in action tomorrow at 9:50 for race 2 and 14:40 for race 3. (British times)



#521 Pete_f1

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 10:47

Wow. He has been given a new role in life. He's an inspiration to all.

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 12:41

Well done Billy, very inspiring and impressive.  :clap:



#523 Sterzo

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 14:03

Awesome job.  Great to see Billy back racing again.

 

I hope it's not long before we stop seeing Billy as 'that kid that lost his lower legs' and we get back to simply thinking of him as a cracking racing driver.

 

Would love to see Billy work his way into F1 - we need someone like him in the sport :)

Agree wholeheartedly with your first two statements. One reason I noticed Billy Monger in F4 was that he looked about twelve years old. (Now he looks fourteen). As for your third statement - woah, let's not build him up too much. He had one first and one second in 30 races of British F4, so he's a lot better than a Sterzo or a stairpotato, but that's not instant F1 credentials.



#524 JacnGille

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 14:19

:clap:



#525 MastaKink

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 14:24

Unbelievable recovery. What a guy.  :up:



#526 B Squared

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 19:05

Well done young man! Out of curiosity; did he race this weekend with a halo?

#527 DS27

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 19:13

Inspirational. 



#528 PiperPa42

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 21:13

I continue to be amazed what he can do, not only getting back in a race car less than a year after his major crash, but doing such a good job of it.

 

Well done young man! Out of curiosity; did he race this weekend with a halo?

I don't believe the halo has filtered down yet. The new F2 cars have it I believe and the F3 cars will have it next year. I don't know when it will be implemented on F4 cars which is what British F3 is using.



#529 Sterzo

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 22:20

The British F3 cars are more like a halfway house between F4 and F3 cars, but they have to comply with the FIA F3 safety regulations.



#530 f1paul

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 09:57

Wet race with safety cars galore. Finished under a red flag.

 

Billy finished 7th with the fastest lap of the race!  :clap: He moved up a few spots from his starting position as well and stayed out of trouble.  :up: 



#531 f1paul

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 09:59

​Moved up from 14th on the grid I should say. :)



#532 F1Champion

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:13

This lad continues to impress me with his attitude and determination.

 

Made out of steely stuff, like Alex Zanardi.  Damn impressive to be 3rd with all of the extra controls he has to master in his first race. What a comeback.... :clap:



#533 Nonesuch

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:53

An impressive guy, no doubt. Good to see him continuing to chase his racing dreams! :up:



#534 f1paul

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 16:14

And an 8th place finish for Billy in the 3rd and final race a few hours ago. So good to see him back in a car!  :clap: 

 

I echo all of the comments on the last few pages.  :up: 



#535 Dan333SP

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 00:34

6th in the standings after 1 round, so literally just 3 races using this new control system. I'd bet he only gets better and faster here on out as he adapts to his new way of driving :clap:



#536 DrProzac

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 11:51

Well done ;)



#537 maximilian

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 18:44

Fabulous to see this, and I hope to hear news that his contract with Carlin will be extended for the entire season after this strong showing.  Certainly deserves at least that, and will be interesting to see just how high he can finish up the Championship order... AND how high he NEEDS to finish up to keep it going.  Just about 16 entries in BF3, so I am not sure 8th place finishes will be enough in the long run, but given his high visibility and ample media coverage, sponsors may well stay interested if he can bring home a few more podiums.  Beating Kjærgaard may be a tall order, but if he can beat his other team mates and stay in the top-6, that would be great!  :up:  :up:



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Posted 13 April 2018 - 19:00

Honoured to have been chosen as a #BRDCRisingStar and to be part of the amazing @BRDCSilverstone club! 1f4ab.png#BillyWhizz

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#539 balmybaldwin

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 20:06

@@JohnEricVergne

 

https://twitter.com/...955741235318785

 

Im guessing a Guest drive of the new car at the Berlin EPrix (which I think Nico Rosberg is doing to)



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#540 SophieB

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 16:04

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 16:59

So Billy is doing the E Kart demo  in Paris :clap:

 

Beginning to wonder if the accident won't turn out to be an unexpected blessing for Billy



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Posted 25 April 2018 - 12:26

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Formula E drivers meets Billy for a charity Karting event organized by Jean Eric Vergne!

 

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#543 ExFlagMan

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 13:36

Another new talent shown by the lad - co-commentating on the F4 races on the BTCC TV coverage from Thruxton. 



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Posted 05 July 2018 - 09:30

This popped up on my recommended...

 

 

:clap:  :)


Edited by f1paul, 05 July 2018 - 09:30.


#545 Muppetmad

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 09:52

I always seem to have something in my eye when I come on this thread...



#546 SenorSjon

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 09:54

Not to sound negative, but was he ever going to reach F1?



#547 ExFlagMan

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 09:57

I guess you could say that about 99.999% of those who start out racing.



#548 ensign14

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 10:02

Well, chances are no, given that there are a few hundred drivers around the world who were at F4 level at the time of the accident, and the total number of those who will make it to F1 will probably be zero, and certainly will be no more than ten.



#549 Sterzo

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 13:24

I don't think anyone's saying Monger would have made it to F1 if not for the accident. The story is actually more spectacular than that. He suffered horrific injuries, and has showed astonishing mental resilience and come back to where he probably would have been if it hadn't happened. In 2016 and 2017 he was competitive in the British F4 field, picking up five podium finishes. In 2018 he's moved up to British F3 and has already been on the podium once. Worth a round of applause.



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Posted 05 July 2018 - 14:59

The lad nearly died - to be able to achieve what he has since the accident is remarkable.