F1 news: Alex Albon eyes Singapore Grand Prix return after appendicitis ordeal

Alex Albon is targeting a Singapore Grand Prix return after an appendicitis ordeal which saw the F1 star miss out on Monza after suffering respiratory failure – and he’s feeling ‘pretty good’ ahead of ‘the one of the toughest races of the season at Marina Bay

  • Alex Albon was forced to miss the Italian GP last weekend due to appendicitis
  • The Thai-British runner suffered respiratory failure after surgery
  • But now the Williams star has given a positive update regarding his health
  • The 26-year-old hopes to return for the Singapore Grand Prix in a fortnight

F1 star Alex Albon insists he is on the mend after his ordeal with appendicitis and is aiming for an immediate return to the cockpit.

After taking part in Friday practice last time out at Monza, the Williams star was forced to miss the remainder of the Italian Grand Prix weekend after being diagnosed with appendicitis before undergoing laparoscopic surgery.

But the 26-year-old later suffered further medical complications due to anesthesia issues, he suffered from respiratory failure.

The Thai-British pilot was placed on mechanical ventilation in a bid to treat him before being released on Tuesday.

Having now begun his recovery, Albon is now hoping to regain his fitness for the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks, although he admits the physically challenging nature of the circuit means he is still uncertain whether he will be able to compete. back behind the Williams car. .

Updating his health on social media, Albon said: “Hi everyone, Alex here. Just thought I’d give a little update on how I am.

‘I feel pretty good. I feel good. Obviously on Saturday I had a slight problem and the doctors did an amazing job. Very grateful that they got me healthy and released from the hospital on Tuesday.

Thai-British driver hopes to be fit in time for Singapore Grand Prix

Alex Albon aims for immediate return to F1 cockpit following health crisis

“So I’ve been in Monaco since then, I started walking around and the goal is to be ready for Singapore, which is going to be difficult.

“It’s one of the toughest races we’ve been in so it’s not easy, but let’s aim high and see what happens.”

“Just a quick message to say thank you for the kind messages that I’ve all read, as much as I can, and it means a lot.” So thank you. Hope to see you in Singapore and in peace.

Albon took part in Friday practice at the Italian Grand Prix ahead of his appendicitis event

Albon took part in Friday practice at the Italian Grand Prix ahead of his appendicitis event

The Williams star hopes to be back behind the cockpit before the Singapore GP, however.

The Williams star hopes to be back behind the cockpit before the Singapore GP, however.

If Albon cannot compete at Marina Bay, Williams would likely bring in his Monza replacement Nyck de Vries, who impressed on his F1 debut.

Speaking after the race, the former Dutch Formula E world champion said it was a “dream come true” to finally get a chance in F1 and said he hoped to be a permanent fixture in the season next.

“It was a great day for the team and although the grid penalties worked in our favour, we ended up having a great race so I’m very happy for everyone in the team and for myself. “, did he declare.

“Hopefully I’ll have a chance next year, but it’s definitely a dream come true and I’m very impressed with what we’ve done in such a short time, so I’m going to enjoy it now.”

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