F1’s Alex Albon Back on Track After Intensive Care


| LAST UPDATE 10/02/2022

By Stormy Lindon
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The 26-year-old Formula 1 race car driver is finally back. Back in early September, Albon fell ill, resulting in intensive surgery to restore his health as quickly as possible. Now, just 3 weeks after spending time in intensive care, Albon is ready to get back behind the wheel. Here's what to know.

Formula 1 drivers are known for pushing their bodies and minds to the limits. On September 11th, the Italian Grand Prix commenced and ceased with a win from Max Verstappen performing in the Red Bull Racing RBPT, with Charles Leclerc and his Ferrari in second place. Unfortunately, the British-born racer, Albon, was forced to miss out on the event due to health complications. After Albon had proceeded with an ordeal appendicitis surgery, he dramatically suffered from respiratory failure and was immediately placed on a ventilator. Fellow driver, George Russell, had informed reporters he had been in contact with Albon's family as things were looking "very scary at one point." Albon was replaced by reserve driver and Formula E champion Nyck de Vries. After he was released from hospital days later, he began his recovery from his home in Monaco. With his recovery coming to an end, he will be racing in the Singapore Grand Prix.

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The Singapore Grand Prix is dubbed "the most difficult race on the calendar." Since he has confirmed his return, he has been documenting his process over social media and speaking with the press. Albon said, "It's quite a tricky one because you're basically waiting for your lungs to recover. And at the same time, your body can't move as well as it normally can." Although he is taking the process day by day, Albon is aware he cannot just "jump back into normal training," but instead, he has to "slowly build it up." He has started to treat his recent intense training and recovery "like a 9-to-5 job." The last time Albon was in Singapore was in 2019 for Marina Bay Street Circuit, where he made a remarkable finish in sixth place. Now, returning three years later, there is a tad pressure on the wheels. That being said, Albon has vowed, "I feel like I am ready, and I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I could race."

The countdown has begun: Formula 1 fans are waiting for the drivers to buckle up, ready to take on the ride of their lives. Racing goes beyond regular driving and requires a substantial amount of concentration with g-force. So, while Albon is reaching his final hours of recovery, the engines are revving, and the race track is ready for them. Stay tuned.

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