Williams’ Alex Albon has confirmed that he will be in the car and racing at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix after overcoming appendicitis.
The Thai-Briton was hopeful of points at the Italian Grand Prix last time out as the Williams team headed to a Monza circuit that was expected to suit them, but he fell ill after Friday practice.
Following an examination, he was diagnosed with appendicitis, so he was forced to step away for the remainder of the weekend.
At a moment’s notice, Nyck de Vries was called up to replace him, and he out-qualified team-mate Nicholas Latifi, before scoring points in ninth.
The Canadian’s 15th-placed finish epitomised what has been a disappointing time at the British team, so he has since been told that he will be released with his contract expires at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Albon was undergoing surgery to remove his troublesome appendix, but he encountered complications afterwards, so was kept in intensive care overnight.
He has since made a full recovery, and has been recuperating at his home in Monaco.
De Vries has made the journey to Singapore in case he is needed again by Williams, but Albon is fully fit and good to go this weekend.
The 26-year-old has recently signed a new contract with the Grove-based team that will see him stay there next year and beyond, having all but cut his ties with Red Bull.
Albon has scored points on three occasions this season, lifting him to 19th in the Drivers’ Standings, but Williams remain rooted to 10th and last in the teams’ championship.
Williams are yet to confirm Albon’s team-mate for next year, with de Vries and Formula 2 driver, Logan Sargeant, thought to be among the leading contenders.
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo has an outside shot when he leaves the Woking-based crew at the end of the year, as does Haas driver, Mick Schumacher, should he fail to secure a drive next season with the American side.