F1 star Alex Albon insists he is on the mend after suffering from appendicitis and is aiming for an immediate return to the cockpit.
After last attending Friday practice at Monza, the Williams star was forced to miss the remainder of the Italian Grand Prix weekend after being diagnosed with appendicitis before undergoing laparoscopic surgery.
However, the 26-year-old then suffered further medical complications when he went into respiratory failure due to anesthetic issues.
The Thai-British driver was put on artificial respiration to get him well before his release on Tuesday.
Having now started his recovery, Albon is now hoping to regain his fitness for the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks’ time, although he admits he’s still unsure if he can due to the physically tough nature of the track will be sitting behind the Williams car again.
Albon updated his health status on social media, saying: “Hey everyone, Alex here. Just thought I’d give a little update on how I’m doing.
“I’m feeling pretty good. i feel ok Obviously I had a little problem on Saturday and the doctors did a great job. Very grateful they got me in good health and out of the hospital on Tuesday.
“So I’ve been in Monaco since then, starting to walk around and the aim is to be ready for Singapore, which is going to be tough.
“It’s one of the toughest races we go to so it’s not easy but let’s aim high and see what happens.
“Just a quick note to say thank you for the kind messages I’ve read everyone, as many as I can and it means a lot to me. thank you Hope to see you in Singapore and in peace.’
Should Albon be unable to compete at Marina Bay, Williams would likely fall back on his Monza replacement Nyck de Vries, who impressed in his F1 debut.
After the race, the former Dutch Formula E World Champion said it was a “dream come true” to finally get a chance in F1 and he hopes to be a regular fixture next season.
“It was a great day for the team and although the starting penalties worked in our favour, we ended up having a great race so I’m really happy for everyone in the team and for myself,” he said.
“Hopefully I’ll get a chance next year but this is definitely a dream come true and I’m very impressed with what we’ve accomplished in the short term so I’ll enjoy it now.”