Williams Formula 1 driver Alex Albon has provided an update on his condition after suffering respiratory failure following surgery for appendicitis in Italy last Saturday.
Albon had to drop out of the Italian Grand Prix when the appendix situation developed ahead of final practice at Monza.
Complications after the operation led to the respiratory failure and Albon being re-intubated and returned to intensive care.
He was released from hospital on Tuesday, and on Friday night posted a video on social media in which he made clear he hoped to be fit for the next grand prix in Singapore in a fortnight while admitting it might be tough.
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
“I feel pretty good. I feel OK,” said Albon.
“Obviously on Saturday I had a slight issue and the doctors did an amazing job.
“I’m very grateful that they got me in good health and out of the hospital by Tuesday.
“So I’ve been in Monaco since then, I’ve been starting to walk around and the goal is to be ready for Singapore, which is going to be tough. It’s one of the toughest races that we go to, so it’s not an easy one, but let’s aim high and see what happens.”
Albon also thanked fans “for all the kind messages” following his dramatic situation, saying “it means a lot, so thanks”.
Stand-in driver Nyck de Vries starred in Albon’s car at Monza, taking ninth, and is now a strong contender to replace Nicholas Latifi as his team-mate for 2023.