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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:13 pm 
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Apologies if this is not the right place for this thread mods.

Billy Monger, 18, who remains convinced that he'll reach F1 one day, today finished 3rd in his first ever F3 race at Oulton Park in England.

For those that don't know, last year Monger lost both legs (one above the knee, the other below the knee) after a horrendous accident while driving an F4 car.

His car is equipped with a hand throttle and clutch (for getting off the line) and he uses the stump of his right leg to operate the brakes.

An amazing story that really should cause those that whinge about life's problems pause for thought.

Chapeau Billy


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:40 pm 
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This is a great story, it's a shame that as of now he doesn't have funding for a full season, hopefully someone will step up and give him the money that he needs to be able to do the whole season and to be able to compete at the same level as all the other drivers in the series.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:01 am 
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Great story and a massive congratulations to Billy and everyone for making it happen.
Hopefully some individuals with serious $$$ will give him the opportunity to chase his dream.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:17 pm 
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He will surely get the funding now having proved he still has the pace to compete at the front... having your name plastered all over his car while he battles back to success after that kind of accident is a sponsors dream.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:26 am 
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OP - definitely the right place, and thanks for posting this. That kid has serious talent!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:52 am 
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Wonderful comeback from such serious injuries. Proof positive that "Where there's a will there's a way."

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:31 pm 
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Race 2. Reverse grid. Billy starts 14. Wet conditions. Red flag lap 7. From what I can work out Billy in 7th, but classified 9th (countback?) Fastest lap:Monger.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:18 pm 
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What a hero this wee guy is! :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:11 pm 
He is doing great :thumbup: So pleased for this young man.

There is no tactful way of saying it, but how much of an advantage in terms of weight distribution do you think he has?
Nico Rosberg attributed pole in the 2016 Japanese GP to losing a couple of pounds of muscle in his legs over the summer break. Weight distribution in a car is huge.

He has lost about 15% of his body mass and he was a very small guy to start with. It gives him some advantage and I am happy as at least some good came from his awful injuries in terms of his career - possibly.

If he made it to F1, he could possibly be 25-30kg lighter than the majority of the other drivers giving a lot of room for ballast, lower the centre of gravity and balancing the car.

I've often day dreamed how a really light and small driver could do in F1, like a 5ft male/woman weighing 50kg. Like how Pedrosa in Motogp has lots of advantages and rapid starts at 5ft 2 and weighs 52kg.


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lamo wrote:
He is doing great :thumbup: So pleased for this young man.

There is no tactful way of saying it, but how much of an advantage in terms of weight distribution do you think he has?
Nico Rosberg attributed pole in the 2016 Japanese GP to losing a couple of pounds of muscle in his legs over the summer break. Weight distribution in a car is huge.

He has lost about 15% of his body mass and he was a very small guy to start with. It gives him some advantage and I am happy as at least some good came from his awful injuries in terms of his career - possibly.

If he made it to F1, he could possibly be 25-30kg lighter than the majority of the other drivers giving a lot of room for ballast, lower the centre of gravity and balancing the car.

I've often day dreamed how a really light and small driver could do in F1, like a 5ft male/woman weighing 50kg. Like how Pedrosa in Motogp has lots of advantages and rapid starts at 5ft 2 and weighs 52kg.


I was wondering the same. Factor in the modifications to the car for the hand throttle, there must be surely some balance shifting in that car.

In any case, what a brave young man. He is truly inspiring


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https://twitter.com/BillyMonger/status/ ... 6000586752


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Awesome achievement!


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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 11:35 pm 
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lamo wrote:
He is doing great :thumbup: So pleased for this young man.

There is no tactful way of saying it, but how much of an advantage in terms of weight distribution do you think he has?
Nico Rosberg attributed pole in the 2016 Japanese GP to losing a couple of pounds of muscle in his legs over the summer break. Weight distribution in a car is huge.

He has lost about 15% of his body mass and he was a very small guy to start with. It gives him some advantage and I am happy as at least some good came from his awful injuries in terms of his career - possibly.

If he made it to F1, he could possibly be 25-30kg lighter than the majority of the other drivers giving a lot of room for ballast, lower the centre of gravity and balancing the car.

I've often day dreamed how a really light and small driver could do in F1, like a 5ft male/woman weighing 50kg. Like how Pedrosa in Motogp has lots of advantages and rapid starts at 5ft 2 and weighs 52kg.


When everything is equal, cars, tyres, fuel iy might make a marginal difference, but how much of a handicap is it being in a car designed for about a third of the drivers weight being at the front of the car. If we are talking about weight distribution then the car would have to be redesigned or significantly modified.

I'm also not sure how much sensitivity is lost using a prosthetic either, its taken a while for Kubica to get the hang of it, if he actually has.

Fact is Billy is just good at what he does, he won that race on merit not because of a few kilos. Remember Lewis Hamilton is heavier this year compared to last. Credit where credit is due!


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