Monger eyes return to single-seater racing
12 December 2017 – Billy Monger says that he hopes to return to single-seater competition in 2018, potentially in British Formula 3, after the FIA overruled certain regulations.
Monger had both of his lower legs amputated after striking the back of a stranded rival's car at high-speed in a British Formula 4 race at Donington Park in April.
He got back in the cockpit of a racing car just 11 weeks after the crash, and spoke of his ambition to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the future.
But following recent rulings by the FIA, which permit disabled drivers to compete in single-seaters, Monger is targeting a British Formula 3 seat for next season.
Monger was present at last week's FIA Prize Giving ceremony in Versailles, where he received the President's Special Award from Jean Todt.
"I can tell you that I had a meeting with the FIA, and some rulings that were in place before, about single-seaters being not an option for disabled drivers, have been overruled," said Monger.
"My plan is to get back into a single-seater race car for 2018."
Asked which championship this could be in, the 18-year-old responded: "Hopefully British F3, I think, we're looking at... that's the plan."
Monger added that he is looking forward to "being my old self and being known as a racing driver".
"Obviously the support I've had has been incredible, but I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and doing what I love," he commented.
Monger's return to the cockpit at Brands Hatch earlier this year was made possible by a Fun Cup car being fitted with advanced hand controls.