The final F4 British Championship race was red flagged after half distance as Billy Monger smashed into a stationary Patrik Pasma at full speed along the back straight. Monger spent over an hour in the car before he was extracted.
The tough nature of the carbon fibre bodywork meant that it was difficult to simply cut the machine open and the JHR Developments driver remained conscious throughout.
As the race settled in, due to a dramatic start, Pasma found himself battling for third with Ford F4 Challange Cup competitor Oliver York and team-mate Logan Sargeant. Unfortunately, he ran into technical issues, slowing to a stop on the back straight.
Monger, who was recovering through the field due to a first lap spin and didn’t see Pasma, smashing into the back of the Finn on the run down to the Old Hairpin. A red flag was called and the race not restarted.
Medics were called for both drivers as Monger was seen to. He remained in the car for around 90 minutes while he was extracted. An air ambulance was called and the 17-year-old was taken to hospital where he was confirmed to have leg injuries.
Monger has been the top Challenge Cup driver this year, taking four of the five victories. He was a regular in the series last year, collecting three podiums on his way to twelfth in the standings. The final race was not concluded, hoping to be rescheduled later on Sunday.
Pasma meanwhile, was taking to hospital, but remained in a stable condition. Carlin would later release a statement on their Facebook page.
A number of other drivers, teams and personalities also took to social media to express their condolences with their F4 compatriots.
— Jamie Sharp (@JammaSharp) April 16, 2017
— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) April 16, 2017
Thoughts for my mate @BillyMonger
— Ayrton Simmons (@ASimmonsFdez) April 16, 2017