Williams have confirmed Alex Albon will be back at the wheel of his FW44 for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, after his bout with appendicitis.
Alex Albon will return to F1 action this weekend at Marina Bay, with Williams confirming the intent is to run the British-Thai driver after his recent illness.
Albon was forced to sit out the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, after being hospitalised due to appendicitis that struck during the weekend – forcing Williams to run reserve driver Nyck de Vries in his stead.
Albon underwent surgery to remove his appendix, and suffered post-surgical complications that extended his stay in hospital before his release in the days following the Grand Prix.
Albon had suffered respiratory failure following his operation and, following his release, admitted that making the Singapore Grand Prix, one of the hottest and most challenging races of the season, would be a tall order.
However, with a three-week gap following the Monza weekend, it appears Albon has recovered sufficiently to make the trek to Singapore and begin his usual preparations for his return to the cockpit.
“Firstly, I’d just like to thank everyone for all their messages and support over the Italian Grand Prix weekend,” Albon said in the build-up to the race at Marina Bay.
“My preparation for Singapore has been a little different than normal but I’m feeling good and I’ve done everything possible to get ready for one of the most physical races on the calendar.
“I am not underestimating how big of a challenge this is going to be, but I am looking forward to hitting the track on Friday and getting back driving. It’s a great street circuit and the closest race to home for me in Thailand, so I’m really excited to be here and to see the fans that have turned out.”
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