Taking a disadvantage and turning it into your greatest strength – that’s the way you deal with life. British racer Billy Monger is one such example who did not let a disability stop him from working towards his goal of inching closer to becoming a professional F1 racer.
In 2017, Billy met with a horrible car accident that resulted in him losing both his legs. Within 10 months, he was testing out a modified F3 car. He has now signed a deal with EuroFormula and will be participating in all the racetracks. Billy will be driving for Carlin Motorsport in a car that will be personalized to suit his personal needs. He will be able to use the throttle on the steering wheel. EuroFormula Open series races at eight Formula 1 tracks including Spa, Monza, and Silverstone.
Monger, nicknamed ‘Billy Whizz’, said, “I can’t wait to go racing again. EuroFormula Open presents an exciting new challenge and a real step up for me. The cars are very different to the British F3 cars I drove in last year. We’ve had to overcome some issues redesigning the cockpit for my use, but I’m confident I can adapt quickly and be competitive.”
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I’m thinking it’s about time for me to get back behind the wheel @carlinracing don’t you? 😏 Super excited to finally announce that I’ll be racing in @euroformula_open this season and I’ll be back with the boys in blue 🔵 Can’t wait to start this new chapter and show what I’m made of! 💪🏼 #BillyWhizz
19-year-old Billy Monger also understands how difficult it is to acquire sponsorship. In fact, he also petitioned (and won) the FIA to allow disabled drivers to compete in single-seat cars, becoming the first amputee to do so. Billy also aims to complete a full season of EuroFormula to come an inch closer to his dream of becoming a professional F1 racer. “If I want to be a professional driver and be in F1, I need to deliver results,” he says. “That is what I will be judged on and that is how I want to be judged.”