Nyck De Vries will make his official debut in Formula One driving for Williams due to a last minute substitution. The Dutchman already had some time on track during the first free practice session on Friday behind the wheel of Vettel’s Aston Martin.
Nyck will have another chance and make his first official appearance in a Formula One race as the British Thai will not be in action for the rest of this weekend. Albon has appendicitis and will therefore no longer be able to drive at Monza.
In a statement, Williams said: “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.
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. #WeAreWilliams #ItalianGP— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) September 10, 2022
“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.”
The 27-year old De Vries already ran a free practice session for Williams in Barcelona. He will now be the official teammate of Nicholas Latifi for the remainder of the weekend.
In the meanwhile, Alex Albon tweeted to reassure the fans that he is in good spirits, despite having to undergo emergency surgery.
Appendicitis, surgery and no racing isn’t what I was expecting this weekend!— Alex Albon (@alex_albon) September 10, 2022
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