If Billy Monger’s backers are unable to support his next step on the European open-wheel ladder, his team owner is confident the inspirational young Briton would be a hit on the Road to Indy.
During the British teenager’s return to Donington Park last weekend — site of a brutal F4 crash in 2017 that led to the amputation of his lower legs — Trevor Carlin watched as Monger earned a pair of British F3 pole positions and stood on the podium for the final race.
Beyond the fantastic tale of Monger’s indomitable spirit, Carlin believes that at his core, the 19-year-old has enough raw talent to go far in the sport.
“From what I’ve seen, he can do it. He was fabulous at Donington,” he told RACER. “People have been asking if we could get him over to USF2000, because it’s the same chassis we use in F3, and I thought about it and believe it’s a good idea.
“At the moment, we’re taking it one step at a time with Billy, as you do with every driver. But in the last two months, he’s really come on; fastest laps, poles, and he’s really driving well. Now we’re faced with what to do with him next year. It’s all based on finances.”
According to Carlin, who owns open-wheel teams that compete on both sides of the Atlantic, Monger’s preference would be to remain in Europe, but there are no guarantees it will happen.
“His ultimate goal if Formula 1, but if the funding isn’t there to keep him on that path, it would be perfect for him to look at the USA,” he added. “I think he’d be a huge star there; he’s already a star, but I think Americans would love him. It’s a question of timing, really.
“If no one’s willing to help him in the European market, we’ll come to the U.S. market and see who’s prepared to help him there. I feel like he’d receive immense support for the Road to Indy. His future is very, very bright.”