Alex Albon jokes about ‘cool scars’ after being replaced by Nyck de Vries

Williams driver Alex Albon will sit out the rest of the Italian Grand Prix weekend after being diagnosed with appendicitis.

The former Red Bull man will undergo surgery but is expected to fit and available for the next Grand Prix in Singapore at the start of October. He has been replaced at Monza by Nyck de Vries, who drove for Aston Martin in free practice one on Friday as Sebastian Vettel sat out the session.

A team statement read: “Williams Racing can confirm that, after feeling unwell this morning and seeking medical advice from the FIA and local hospital, Alex Albon is now undergoing treatment for appendicitis.

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“Following on from this, we can confirm that the team’s reserve driver Nyck de Vries will drive in place of Alex for the remainder of the Italian Grand Prix weekend. Alex is in good spirits and the team wishes him a speedy recovery.”

Despite his health setback, the Thai driver was able to joke about having “cool scars” and carrying less weight when he returns to action.

“Appendicitis, surgery and no racing isn’t what I was expecting this weekend! Negatives: – Missing out on what looks like a strong weekend for us – Pain. Positives – Weight reduction for Singapore – Cool scars.”

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Albon’s absence is a fantastic opportunity for De Vries, who is pushing for a full-time seat with Williams for next season as a replacement for Nicholas Latifi.

The Dutchman, a Formula 2 and Formula E champion, has driven in three practice sessions this season, for Williams at the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes at the French Grand Prix and Aston Martin in Monza.

De Vries's session didn't get off to the best start as he ran wide and across a gravel trap early in his first stint.

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