Alex Albon was transferred to intensive care following surgery after suffering from appendicitis with him having respiratory failure, though he is now thankfully on the mend.
Alex felt unwell on Saturday morning and after consulting both the FIA medical team and professionals at a local hospital, it was discovered that he was suffering from appendicitis.
That meant he’d play no further part in the Italian Grand Prix weekend as Nyck de Vries stood in and the Thai driver would undergo surgery on Saturday lunchtime.
Whilst the operation was a success, the Williams man suffered ‘unexpected post-operative anaesthetic complications’ and that led to him suffering from respiratory failure, which saw him transferred to intensive care.
Thankfully, he is now in a much better condition and is expected to make a full recovery, with Williams’ statement confirming that he has full focus on driving at the Singapore Grand Prix in just under three weeks from now.
Williams’ statement on Alex Albon
A statement from the team read on Monday:
“Further to Alex Albon’s diagnosis of appendicitis on the morning of Saturday 10 September, he was admitted to San Gerardo hospital for treatment. He underwent a successful laparoscopic surgery on Saturday lunchtime.
“Following surgery, Alex suffered with unexpected post-operative anaesthetic complications which led to respiratory failure, a known but uncommon complication. He was re-intubated and transferred to intensive care for support.
“He made excellent progress overnight and was able to be removed from mechanical ventilation yesterday morning. He has now been transferred to a general ward and is expected to return home tomorrow. There were no other complications.
“Alex’s full focus is on recovery and preparation ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix later this month.
“Alex would like to thank the excellent care and support he has received, including from the nursing, anaesthetic and ICU teams at Osperdale San Gerardo – ASST Monza, the FIA medical team, his Performance Coach Patrick Harding, the Williams Racing team and Dr Luke Bennett from HINTSA Performance.”
It goes without saying that we join with everyone else in wishing Alex full health and a speedy recovery.
It does now appear as though he is hopefully over the worst of the ordeal and can look forward to getting back to driving, with the Williams showing decent pace at Monza, particularly at the wheel of stand-in driver De Vries.
The Dutchman scored two points on his F1 debut and gave his chances of partnering Albon with the team next season a real boost.