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

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Alex Albon suffered ‘respiratory failure’ following surgery  (Getty Images)
Alex Albon suffered ‘respiratory failure’ following surgery (Getty Images)

Williams driver Alex Albon was left on a ventilator this weekend after suffering complications following surgery.

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

Albon underwent surgery but then ended up in intensive care after he required assistance breathing.

Williams say Albon was “removed from mechanical ventilation” on Sunday and is expected to remain in hospital on Monday.

A statement from the British team read: “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.”

London-born Albon, who races under the Thai flag because of his mother Kankamol’s nationality, took part in practice in Monza on Friday.

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

Albon spent last year on the sidelines after he was dropped by Red Bull. But he has steadily impressed since his transfer to Williams, scoring his first point for the British team at the Australian Grand Prix in April, with two further top-10 finishes in Miami and Belgium.

Additional reporting by PA Sport.