The Singapore Grand Prix is ​​the ‘toughest race in Formula 1’ but Alex Albon returns three weeks after intensive care and surgery where you ‘can lose four kilos’ in a sweat and ‘pray for a safety car’ .


Alex Albon is set to get back into a Formula 1 car less than three weeks after entering intensive care, and he’s chosen the worst possible circuit to do so.

The British-born Thai driver was taken out of action at the Italian Grand Prix ahead of qualifying on September 10 where he was diagnosed with appendicitis.

Albon is fortunately well after his fright in the hospital
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The Singapore Grand Prix is ​​the 'toughest race in Formula 1' but Alex Albon returns three weeks after intensive care and surgery where you 'can lose four kilos' in a sweat and 'pray for a safety car' .
But he returns for F1’s most physical race
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Due to ‘post-operative anesthetic complications’, Williams No. 26 later suffered respiratory failure and was admitted to intensive care, but thankfully recovered quickly and was discharged home a few days later.

Albon has since confirmed he will be racing in Singapore after going under the knife just over two weeks ago, saying he does not underestimate the challenge ahead, but previous comments from fellow riders offer a serious warning.

The 26-year-old was back smiling as he posted a compilation of his pre-race training at the Marina Bay Street circuit, followed by a statement.

“First of all, I would just like to thank everyone for all their messages and support during the Italian Grand Prix weekend,” he said.

“My preparation for Singapore was a little different from normal but I feel good and I did everything to be ready for one of the most physical races on the calendar.

“I don’t underestimate the scale of the challenge this is going to represent, but I can’t wait to hit the track on Friday and get back behind the wheel.


“It’s a great street circuit and the closest race to my home in Thailand, so I’m really excited to be here and see the fans who came out.”

Albon is in his third season in F1, having previously raced in Singapore in 2019 for Red Bull, finishing sixth on the grid before the track was removed from the calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, her comments about it being ‘one of the most physical races’ may be disputed by her fellow competitors, who have suggested she is doing well on her own when it comes to the driver record. .

“Yes, when you’re a top athlete…that’s, that’s the hardest part, of course,” Daniel Ricciardo said in 2016.

The Singapore Grand Prix is ​​the 'toughest race in Formula 1' but Alex Albon returns three weeks after intensive care and surgery where you 'can lose four kilos' in a sweat and 'pray for a safety car' .
Ricciardo perfectly explained the sweltering conditions with sweat-soaked drivers
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“It’s the only race I feel where you open your visor to get some air and you don’t get any rewards for it.

“It’s just heat.”

The pilots’ cockpit reaches an astonishing 60 degrees around the five-kilometre track, with ambient temperatures around 30 degrees and humidity reaching over 80%.

Drivers stay on a European clock for the night race, waking up at noon and going to bed in the middle of the night in Singapore, confusing both body and mind.

“The night race and the hot temperatures really test you to the limit and for me Singapore is physically the toughest race of the season,” said world champion Max Verstappen.

The Singapore Grand Prix is ​​the 'toughest race in Formula 1' but Alex Albon returns three weeks after intensive care and surgery where you 'can lose four kilos' in a sweat and 'pray for a safety car' .
The night schedule is also a challenge for those who need good sleep

“I’ve already been preparing for a few weeks to do heat training in the sauna and prepare to sweat.”

Not only does the city and atmosphere provide an incredibly daunting challenge, but the track itself is just as difficult.

A city circuit that twists and turns around a beautiful Southeast Asian backdrop, but it’s not a tarmac cruise in the park like many newer circuits, it’s bumpy as hell, with the 2022 cars much more affected by uneven track surfaces than before.

Its 23 corners are also incredibly tight and walled, meaning Safety Cars are a near certainty, having come at the previous 12 races at Marina Bay.

The Singapore Grand Prix is ​​the 'toughest race in Formula 1' but Alex Albon returns three weeks after intensive care and surgery where you 'can lose four kilos' in a sweat and 'pray for a safety car' .
Safety cars are a guarantee, increasing the duration of the race to two hours
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The Singapore Grand Prix is ​​the 'toughest race in Formula 1' but Alex Albon returns three weeks after intensive care and surgery where you 'can lose four kilos' in a sweat and 'pray for a safety car' .
The slightest mistake puts you in huge trouble
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It also lengthens the Grand Prix itself, with delays meaning the race is often the longest of the season, hitting the two-hour mark on four occasions, having to end without the initial number of laps completed.

“It’s wet, it’s hot and it’s always a long race,” said former Haas and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean.

“We usually hit the two-hour limit. It’s very, very demanding. I remember in 2013 I lost four kilos of water during the race, which is a lot.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez added: “The last ten laps, twenty laps, you’re really praying for a safety car because it’s really, really hard to finish the race, physically.

The Singapore Grand Prix is ​​the 'toughest race in Formula 1' but Alex Albon returns three weeks after intensive care and surgery where you 'can lose four kilos' in a sweat and 'pray for a safety car' .
Many of F1’s top drivers were surprised in Singapore
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“And mentally too. Mentally it’s a really big challenge because every corner, most corners, if you make a mistake you just hit the wall and it’s a puncture or something.

Pierre Gasly said: “It’s the most physically demanding race of the year.”

“I trained for the heat, I wore a lot of clothes and I sweated a lot, making sure I was too hot and I will do this kind of training until the weekend, as well as spending time in the sauna.

“I think it will be the toughest race of the year.”

Good luck Alex, just hope those stitches are done right…

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