Alex Albon treated in intensive care after Williams driver suffered ‘respiratory failure’ in Italy


Illiams driver Alex Albon was left on a ventilator over the weekend after suffering complications from surgery.

The 26-year-old missed qualifying and the race for the Italian Grand Prix with appendicitis, as Nyck de Vries came to replace him at Monza.

Albon underwent surgery but later ended up in intensive care after needing life support.

Williams said Albon was “taken off mechanical ventilation” on Sunday and is expected to remain in hospital on Monday.

A statement from the UK team read: “Following Alex Albon’s diagnosis of appendicitis on the morning of Saturday September 10, he was admitted to San Gerardo Hospital for treatment. He underwent successful laparoscopic surgery midday on Saturday.

“After the operation, Alex suffered from unexpected postoperative anesthetic complications which resulted in respiratory failure, a known but uncommon complication. He was re-intubated and transferred to intensive care for treatment.

“He made excellent progress overnight and was able to be removed from mechanical ventilation yesterday morning. He has now been transferred to general ward and is expected to be home tomorrow. There have been no further complications.

“Alex is fully focused on recovery and preparation ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix later this month.”

London-born Albon, who races under the Thai flag due to his mother Kankamol’s nationality, took part in testing at Monza on Friday.

But he fell ill on Saturday morning and was replaced by the team’s reserve driver and Formula E champion De Vries. The 27-year-old Dutchman finished an impressive ninth place to score points on his F1 debut.

Albon spent last year on the sidelines after being dropped by Red Bull. But he hasn’t stopped impressing since moving to Williams, scoring his first point for the British side at the Australian Grand Prix in April, along with two more top 10 finishes in Miami and Belgium.

Additional PA Sport reporting.

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