The motorsport world has rallied to support British Formula 4 racer Billy Monger following his life-changing accident at Donington Park on Sunday, raising over £535,000 ($686,000) in less than 24 hours.
Monger, 17, sustained life-threatening injuries in the British F4 race after hitting a stationary car at speed, resulting in the amputation of both his lower legs. Monger was placed in a medically-induced coma following surgery.
JHR Developments – Monger’s F4 team – set up a charity fund online on Wednesday afternoon, setting an initial target of £260,000 to be raised to help the Briton in his rehabilitation.
Following an outpouring of support from the motorsport community that has seen the majority of the Formula 1 grid and figures from countless other series promote the fund, this figure has been surpassed twice over in less than 24 hours.
2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen both donated £15,000 each, while Mario Andretti, Marco Andretti and Chip Ganassi are also among the donors.
As per Autosport, Monger has now been woken from his medically-induced coma and is aware of his injuries.