Alex Albon has taken to social media to give an update on his health and confirm that he is eyeing a return to the car straight away at the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Williams driver did not have the weekend that he was hoping for at Monza last time out, with him coming down with appendicitis on Saturday morning and therefore needing the required surgery to remove his appendix.
Indeed, Nyck de Vries was asked to stand in for the Thai/British driver for the rest of the Italian Grand Prix weekend and the Dutchman did a fine job, boosting his own chances of potentially partnering Albon within the team in 2023.
On Saturday lunchtime, then, Albon had the surgery and it was a complete success, but there was then post-operative complications relating to the anaesthetic that meant the former Red Bull man suffered respiratory failure.
He was put into an intensive care unit to be monitored and looked after, and thankfully made quick progress over the weekend to be put back into a general ward at the start of last week.
After extra monitoring, he was cleared to leave the hospital, and Italy, and he headed back to Monaco where he lives.
Alex Albon gives health update and eyes Singapore Grand Prix
It’s been a week of recuperating for Albon, then, but it’s great to see that he seems to be in high spirits and eyeing a return to the cockpit for the next round of the championship in Singapore.
With the humidity and different time zones it will be a difficult race, of course, but Albon is a racing driver and it’s clear he’s ready to take on the challenge after being through the mill last weekend.
Taking to Twitter, Albon posted this video:
VIDEO: Alex Albon gives health update:
Thank you everyone for all the support! Looking forward to getting back out there and preparing for Singapore 💪 😅 pic.twitter.com/B4S7fltmLa— Alex Albon (@alex_albon) September 16, 2022
Albon has had a strong season so far for Williams and the team will be just as eager to welcome him back in Singapore as he is to get back into the car.
He’s obviously had a taxing time but, as is the case with racing drivers, as soon as they are able they want to get back behind the wheel, regardless of what the environment will be like around them.
Singapore is one of the most gruelling challenges for driver and car on the F1 calendar, but it appears Albon is ready for what is thrown his way.