Albon: Being dropped by Red Bull "killed me"

Williams driver Alex Albon aims to be on the grid for the Singapore Grand Prix week’s time, despite suffering unexpected post-operative anaesthetic appendicitis-related complications.

Albon was forced to miss the Italian Grand Prix after finishing tenth in FP2 on Friday, with Nyck de Vries taking his place and scoring points in his debut. The Thai driver was hospitalised with appendicitis.

Williams team today released the following update:

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.