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Monger accident "really hit home" for Hamilton

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Monger accident "really hit home" for Hamilton
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Apr 28, 2017, 12:05 PM

Lewis Hamilton says that Billy Monger's Formula 4 accident at Donington Park "really hit home" and highlighted the inherent dangers of motorsport.

Williams FW40 with #BillyWhizz logo
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 with #BillyWhizz signage
Haas F1 Team VF-17 with #BillyWhizz logo
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17 with #BillyWhizz signage
Haas F1 Team VF-17 with #BillyWhizz logo

Last week, Mercedes driver Hamilton sent a message via Twitter to the British teenager, who lost both his lower legs as a result of the horrific impact with another car.

"I have to say I think I was affected more by Billy's incident than I probably have been by most," said Hamilton said.

"With the exception of the incident that happened here in F1 two years ago [Jules Bianchi's Suzuka crash].

"Just to see a kid… I've been there, been in that position, racing and doing well and fighting to get to F1, and such a horrific incident.

"So yeah, it really hit home, and it really just goes to highlight that it still is a dangerous sport, not just in F1 but through the whole range."

Hamilton is hopeful that Monger will still be able to enjoy a full life.

"I heard that he posted a great post already, so soon after the incident. My mind just then shines onto [Alex] Zanardi, showing what he was able to do. I have all the belief that Billy will be able to do something similar."

All Formula 1 teams are showing their support for Monger in the Russian Grand Prix this weekend by sporting stickers with the #billywhizz hashtag.

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Drivers Lewis Hamilton Shop Now , Billy Monger
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Author Adam Cooper