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Button among F1 stars to support Monger

20th April 2017, 12:11 by Simon Barlow

Jenson Button will donate £15,000 to support a young British Formula 4 driver who had both legs amputated after a crash on Sunday.

Billy Monger, 17, is in an induced coma following the horrific incident in a British F4 race at Donington Park, which led to the amputation of his lower legs.

It took almost two hours to extricate Monger from the car, before he was airlifted to hospital.

British F4 released a statement on Wednesday which said Monger's condition was "critical but stable" and that his vital signs "are showing progress".

A Justgiving page was set up to help Monger, who has been described as "an extremely talented young driver", beat the life-changing injuries he sustained when he drove at high speed into the back of a car which seemed to have stopped on the track.

More than £390,000 had been raised by mid-morning on Thursday with Lewis Hamilton also offering his support, tweeting: "Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

Button, the 2009 world champion who retired last year but will make a one-off outing for McLaren at next month's Monaco Grand Prix, was among the first to pledge support for Monger.

"This guy needs our help. I will be doing as much as I can to help this dude out," he wrote on Instagram.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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