Williams driver Alexander Albon gave some reassuring news about his health on Friday evening by posting a short video on social media in which the Thai indicated that he will do everything possible to be back in good shape for the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.
During the last round in Italy, Alex Albon was rushed to hospital with appendicitis. However, the Williams driver suffered post-operative complications and had to be placed on a ventilator and transferred to intensive care.
His condition improved on Saturday night and the mechanical ventilation was removed on Sunday morning. He was transferred to a general ward and was finally able to return home to Monaco on Tuesday.
Posting a short video message on his social media channels, Alex Albon said he was feeling “pretty good” and hoped to race in Singapore at the end of September for the seventeenth round of the World Championship:
“On Saturday [at Monza] I had a slight problem and the doctors did an incredible job. I’m very grateful that they got me back to good health and I was able to leave the hospital on Tuesday.”
“Since then I’ve been in Monaco where I’ve started walking. The aim is to be ready for Singapore – which is going to be tough – because it’s one of the races we are competing in. It’s not going to be easy, but we’ll aim high and see what happens.”
“I would also like to thank you for all the kind messages I have received, I have read as many as I can and it means a lot to me. I hope to see you in Singapore.”
In Monza, Dutch sensation Nyck de Vries made an outstanding as the Williams substitute driver for Alex Albon scored two points thanks to a ninth-place finish in his maiden race in F1, already eclipsing Canadian regular Williams driver Nicholas Latifi. Likely, the Dutchman is hoping that Albon doesn’t recover too fast and will get a chance to shine again in Singapore.
“Nyck drove an excellent race today and was able to defend when required as well as keeping constant pressure on the cars ahead,” said Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance at Williams after the race in Italy last weekend,
“We gave him an ambitious strategy which would push his Soft and Medium tyres to the limit. The late safety car offered some protection in the final laps and also helped him manage a hot front brake disc.
“However, he got himself into that position by driving extremely well, managing the start and the pit stop expertly and by fighting hard using a car and setup that he had only driven for 34 laps yesterday.
“He did no high fuel running prior to the laps to the grid and had never driven a full stint on these tyres in racing conditions. The work that he and his team put in overnight was excellent and he deserved this result.”