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Italian GP: Williams driver Alex Albon to be replaced by Nyck de Vries after appendicitis

Williams confirmed that Alex Albon is being treated in hospital after he began to feel unwell on Saturday morning; the team says the 26-year-old driver is “in good spirits”; Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries takes Albon’s place for the rest of the weekend in Monza

Last updated: 10/09/22 12:06pm

Alex Albon is being treated in hospital for appendicitis

Alex Albon is being treated in hospital for appendicitis

Alex Albon has been banned from the Italian Grand Prix due to ongoing treatment for appendicitis and will be replaced by Nyck de Vries for the remainder of the weekend in Monza.

Williams said Albon is “in good spirits” despite receiving ongoing hospital treatment after falling ill on Saturday morning.

De Vries, who is the reserve driver for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell at Mercedes, will make his Formula 1 qualifying and racing debut, having previously driven in practice sessions.

“Williams Racing can confirm that Alex Albon, after feeling unwell this morning and seeking medical advice from the FIA ​​and the local hospital, is now being treated for appendicitis,” the team’s statement said.

“This allows us to confirm that team reserve driver Nyck de Vries will replace Alex for the rest of the Italian Grand Prix weekend. Alex is in a good mood and the team wishes him a speedy recovery.”

Shortly after the team’s announcement, Albon himself posted on social media that his treatment includes surgery.

He wrote on Twitter: “Appendicitis, surgery and no racing is not what I expected this weekend!”

Former Formula E and Formula 2 champion De Vries was driving at Monza on Friday when Aston Martin allowed him to use one of their two pre-season young drivers test sessions in place of Sebastian Vettel.

Nyck de Vries rode in training for Aston Martin at Monza on Friday Nyck de Vries rode in training for Aston Martin at Monza on Friday

Nyck de Vries rode in training for Aston Martin at Monza on Friday

Mercedes has been trying to help the 27-year-old in his quest for a permanent Formula 1 spot after also having him replace Hamilton in practice at the French GP and Williams at the Spanish GP.

With a number of seats on next season’s starting grid potentially up for grabs, Albon De Vries’ accident presents a huge opportunity to underline his credentials.

Watch qualifying live on Sky Sports F1 on Saturday at 3pm.

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