Hamilton and FIA react to Albon scare after driver in intensive care

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Lewis Hamilton and FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem are among the Formula One figures wishing Alex Albon well after the Williams star was admitted to intensive care on Saturday morning. Albon suffered a respiratory failure after undergoing successful laparoscopic surgery. 

The British-Thai driver had suffered from appendicitis in the days leading up to Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. He underwent successful surgery to have his appendix removed on Saturday. 

However, Albon then suffered from a respiratory failure – a known but uncommon complication following the surgery. The 26-year-old was treated at San Geraldo hospital and is now recovering ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. 

Key figures within the sport have been sending their well-wishes to Albon. Mercedes ace and seven-time world champion Hamilton dedicated an Instagram story to the former Red Bull racer. 

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Hamilton posted a picture of Albon alongside the words: “Get well soon, Alex. See you in Singapore!”

Meanwhile, FIA president Ben Sulayem tweeted: “I wish @alex_albon a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him on track soon. Thanks to the @FIA medical staff who were with him throughout.”

It comes after Williams gave an update on Albon’s condition on Monday. The team explained that their driver is recovering following medical attention after his respiratory failure. 

The statement 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.

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“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.

“Alex would like to thank the excellent care and support he has received, including from the nursing, anaesthetic and ICU teams at Osperdale San Gerardo – ASST Monza, the FIA medical team, his Performance Coach Patrick Harding, the Williams Racing team and Dr Luke Bennett from HINTSA Performance.”

Albon has plenty of recovery time ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, which is due to take place on October 2. 

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