Albon returns to F1 in Singapore after appendicitis

WANTAGE, England — Formula One driver Alex Albon will return for Team Williams at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend after recovering from appendicitis.

F1 released a message on Wednesday on Twitter saying “Alex Albon will be back driving his Williams.”

Albon missed the final race of the Italian GP three weeks ago after being hospitalized with appendicitis. He had taken part in Friday’s training at Monza, then fell ill and had surgery on Saturday.

Dutch driver Nyck De Vries stepped in and drove well to finish in ninth place.

Williams later said that Albon suffered from respiratory failure after his operation and was moved to an intensive care unit.

“First of all I would just like to thank everyone for all their messages and support during the Italian Grand Prix weekend,” Albon told the F1 website. “My preparation for Singapore has been a little different from normal, but I feel good and I have done everything to be ready for one of the most physical races on the calendar.

Albon, 26, is eager to take part in the Marina Bay street circuit, but expects a difficult time during the night race on a twisty track with high heat and humidity.

“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,” he said. “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.”

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