Lewis Hamilton has revealed he wrote a private letter to Billy Monger to ask him to this weekend’s British Grand Prix as a result of he has been ‘impressed’ by the teen’s resolve within the response to his life-changing accidents.
Monger was concerned in a horrific accident throughout a British Components four race at Donington Park in April, the now 18 year-old shedding his legs after emergency surgical procedure.
Nonetheless, after a large fundraising marketing campaign to assist together with his rehabilitation exceeded £750,000 and attracted donations from F1 drivers as Max Verstappen and Jenson Button, ‘Billywhizz’ has since gone on to turn into a globally-recognised determine by frequent public appearances and a decided angle to return to racing.
Attending this weekend’s British Grand Prix as a visitor of the Mercedes staff, it has transpired that three-time world champion Hamilton invited him personally as a result of he wished to satisfy him.
“I wrote a letter to Billy and requested if he wished to return to this race this weekend. The rationale I invited him and his household as I believe he is such an inspiration to many together with myself. Individuals are at all times asking me the place you get inspiration, how do you retain going?
“I get to satisfy nice folks like Billy and to see the journey that he has gone by, the troublesome time period and the smile on his face and the drive that he has to proceed racing, to proceed dwelling, to proceed pushing the bounds and bettering himself.
“He was simply in hospital [this week], had an operation and he is right here now. It actually put issues I believe assembly folks like himself assist put issues into perspective in life and I believe his optimistic power is de facto serving to me.”
Describing the result of the accident as ‘heartbreaking’, Hamilton says it places his personal fortunes in perspective.
“Clearly I’ve watched intently the incident that he had which I believe broke everybody’s coronary heart to see that sort of factor occur. For me personally it actually it dwelling as I keep in mind being the place he was in that class and preventing your manner up with the dream and your view on being in Components One and to have that taken away from you instantly, that was actually not his fault. I used to be simply devastated.
“Once I was within the storage I may see him in my mirror. Hopefully going to get him in my automobile at some stage as a result of I’m certain he desires to sit down within the automobile. He is already racing, already again within the racing automobile, a bit like Alex Zanardi, who for me blows my thoughts. I believe he is simply an unbelievable human being, he is gone onto win gold medals and I do know this child goes to do the identical.”