Williams have announced Alex Albon suffered respiratory failure after his appendicitis operation at the weekend, but is recovering well.
Albon was unable to race at the Italian Grand Prix with Nyck de Vries deputising after the Williams driver suffered pain in his appendix at Monza.
He was taken to hospital for surgery on Saturday lunchtime with the team confirming that while the surgical procedure had been successful, he suffered complications that left him with respiratory failure and was then taken to intensive care.
But they add he has made “excellent progress” since then, being able to breathe of his own accord again from Sunday.
He will still have to undergo a recovery process following his operation, but hopes to be ready to race again in time for the Singapore Grand Prix – with De Vries again on standby if he is unable to do so.
The statement from Williams read: “Further to Alex Albon’s diagnosis of appendicitis on the morning of Saturday 10 September, he was admitted to San Gerardo hospital for treatment. He underwent a successful laparoscopic surgery on Saturday lunchtime.
“Following surgery, Alex suffered with unexpected post-operative anaesthetic complications which led to respiratory failure, a known but uncommon complication. He was re-intubated and transferred to intensive care for support.
“He made excellent progress overnight and was able to be removed from mechanical ventilation yesterday morning. He has now been transferred to a general ward and is expected to return home tomorrow. There were no other complications.
“Alex’s full focus is on recovery and preparation ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix later this month.
“Alex would like to thank the excellent care and support he has received, including from the nursing, anaesthetic and ICU teams at Osperdale San Gerardo – ASST Monza, the FIA medical team, his Performance Coach Patrick Harding, the Williams Racing team and Dr Luke Bennett from HINTSA Performance.”
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