Alex Albon “back home” after worrying development in post-appendicular surgery: PlanetF1
Very welcome good news – Alex Albon is reportedly back home after his bout of appendicitis at the Italian Grand Prix took a worrying turn.
On Saturday morning, minutes before final testing at Monza, the Williams team announced that Albon could not compete for the remainder of the race weekend due to appendicitis.
His place was taken by Nyck de Vries, who then made headlines with a sparkling Formula 1 debut in which he reached the second part of qualifying, started eighth on the grid due to suffered engine penalties by his rivals and finished the race in ninth – scoring two World Championship points.
On Monday, 24 hours after the race, Williams then issued an alarming press release revealing that Albon, who had to undergo surgery to remove his appendix, had ended up in intensive care with breathing problems.
The rest of the report was positive, however, indicating the London-born Thai driver was on the road to recovery and it was hoped he would be discharged from hospital on Tuesday.
It appears that is indeed the case and the 26-year-old has, according to BBC Sport, ‘been discharged from hospital in Milan and is back home in Monaco following the appendectomy’.
The BBC update added: “The recovery is proceeding as planned. The objective remains the Singapore Grand Prix.
Alex Albon has been discharged from hospital in Milan, Williams told BBC Sport, and is back in Monaco, following the appendectomy after which he suffered respiratory failure and had to spend some time in intensive care . Recovery is proceeding as planned. The target remains the Singapore GP
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Williams later confirmed the news, telling the PA news agency: “We are pleased to confirm that Alex Albon has now returned home.”
Albon’s hopes of no longer missing out on F1 action have been helped by the cancellation of the race originally scheduled for Sochi on September 25, which was called off at the end of February.
That means the expected triple-header turned into a mere double-header in Singapore and Japan on the first two Sundays of October, giving Albon an extra week to recover than if Sochi had continued.
Four points were scored by Albon in his first year with williams at three different races – Australia, Miami and Belgium – with De Vries’ two at Monza increasing the team total by 50%.
Williams is last of 10 in the Constructors’ Championship with Nicholas Latifi having failed to add any points to their tally so far.
Best wishes from the entire PlanetF1 team to Alex Albon for his continued recovery.