Alex Albon gives health update after returning to cockpit following appendicitis

Alex Albon speaks to the press at the Singapore GP

Alex Albon has given an update on his health after returning to the cockpit following on from his recovery from appendicitis at the Italian GP.

The Thai/British driver fell ill on Saturday morning in Monza and required surgery to remove his appendix, before he then had to be placed in intensive care and on a ventilator after suffering respiratory failure, following post-anaesthetic complications.

He did, however, make a swift recovery from that point and was back home in Monaco on the Tuesday after the race weekend, and would naturally have started thinking about getting back driving in Singapore.

Alex Albon gives health update

Alex Albon drives at the Singapore GP
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 30: George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W13 leads Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Williams FW44 Mercedes on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 30, 2022 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images,)

Indeed, that is what he has managed to do with a mammoth effort to get back fit for one of the most gruelling races of the year and, after competing in both FP1 and FP2 and coming 16th in both sessions on Friday at the Marina Bay circuit, he gave an update on how he was feeling:

“I’m feeling okay out there today despite everything that’s gone on and think I’m coping better than I expected.

“We had a good amount of long runs but know it’s a quarter of what we’ll be doing come Sunday, so I’ll take advantage of the rest tomorrow.

It feels okay when I’m in the car, generally speaking. It’s more just the heat!

“When you get out, you can feel that it’s obviously physical. But I feel like there are no big issues so I’m feeling pretty good.”

This is really positive to hear from Albon and it should not be played down in terms of what he is achieving this weekend.

As he mentions, the big test of the full Grand Prix – one of the longest and hottest of the year – awaits on Sunday but he has made a solid start to the weekend will look to build on that today.

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