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Win is a weight off my shoulders - Billy

Billy Monger

Billy Monger has a habit of defying expectations.

Victory on Sunday at the Pau Grand Prix comes, after all, just two years after having both legs amputated.

But it seems this time Billy might have even have surprised himself.

"Can't believe it, I didn't think 2 years on I'd be winning races," he tweeted shortly after the Euroformula Open championship race in France.

"There was a little bit of a debate there but it was a decision we both made together and luckily it was the right one."

“Hockenheim will be a tough one for us, I’ve never been to the circuit before. So it’s going to be tricky but I’m really glad it’s coming up so quickly after my first win, so hopefully we can keep the momentum going.”

Billy's dual roles as both racer and reporter for Channel 4's F1 coverage, means he is in a unique position to gather tips on race craft and he isn't shy of taking full advantage.

"Pau was my first street race and DC’s (David Coulthard) got an amazing track record on street circuits so I was pestering him for as much information as I could get about what to expect."

When it comes to predictions for this weekends F1 Grand Prix on Monaco's street circuit though, he is more circumspect.

"It's so hard to say round Monaco because if you make one mistake you can put yourself in the wall. I nearly did it at Pau in the race and I could have been sat on the sidelines watching someone else win the Grand Prix."

But he remains optimistic race number six on the 2019 F1 calendar will open up this year's championship.

"Red Bull normally have more pace around Monaco - it normally suits their car better, so hopefully we can see Red Bull jump into the battle."

In a week that saw the world of motorsport lose one its true greats in the form of Niki Lauda, it's another welcome example of Billy's trademark positivity.

Describing meeting the three-time world champion at the 2017 British Grand Prix, Billy explains how Lauda was a support in the aftermath of his accident.

"He was such an awesome guy - really supportive of what I was doing and encouraging me to get back racing. Obviously he had been through a similar event, not a similar injury but a serious accident like myself. It's just devastating what's happened."

But for now, looking to the future, Billy is focused on his own objectives.

"In three years' time I'd like to be knocking on the door of F1, that would be the ideal, probably."

And asked about about how he would like to remembered himself, Billy is clear.

"Hopefully as being one of the best drivers in the world and as maybe having inspired someone along the way to not let whatever life throws at you, get you down."

On current form, you would't find many people betting against him achieving exactly that.

Watch Billy's win in Pau

Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights 6.30pm, Saturday 25 May
Monaco Grand Prix Race Highlights 7.00pm, Sunday 26 May