Alex Albon discharged from hospital after horrific crash

The Williams Formula One team has announced that Alexander Albon has been discharged from hospital following an examination following his serious accident at the British Grand Prix.

Albon was hit lightly from behind by Sebastian Vettel on the opening stages as the drivers braked to avoid the first corner collision between Guanyu Zhou and George Russell.

The Thai turned right into the pit wall and then bounced back onto the track, where he was hit again from the left and right by Esteban Ocon and Yuki Tsunoda.

When his car stalled, when asked about his condition by his engineer, he replied, “I’m fine,” but the medical team took their time getting him out of the cockpit.

Contact with pit wall the worst

After an initial check-up at the circuit’s ‘Medical Centre’, he was taken to Coventry Hospital for a thorough examination. In a statement released just before 8.30pm UK time, Williams said: “We are delighted to confirm that Alex has been discharged from Coventry Hospital. Thank you everyone for the well wishes.”

Albon himself says: “I am very pleased that everyone else involved in the first lap incident is safe. Thank you to all the medical staff at the track and at Coventry Hospital. It is a pity that our Today’s race was over before it started, but we’re already fully focused on Austria. Let’s go to the next race.”

According to Williams team boss Jost Capito, Albon’s contact with the pit wall hurt the most. The onboard footage showed how the Thai’s right hand in particular snapped up on impact.

Capito: “It’s important to keep improving safety”

“He’s a bit bruised,” says Capito. “We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow. It’s a great relief. For me, that’s the most important thing, everything else doesn’t matter anymore.”

“His physio took him to the medical center. We’ve had all the updates and everything is fine now. He had some pain in his back, so you have to be careful.”

“You can see how important it is to always work on safety. It didn’t look too bad for Alex because the hit from behind wasn’t that big. But after that you go wide and turn. The energy dissipates , so you can’t be stopped. But the pit wall was the hardest thing he felt.”

“That’s racing. You shouldn’t be frustrated. The main thing is that the boys are all healthy and can continue, then everything else doesn’t matter.”

Williams update package probably over

With Albon getting the green light, Williams can now turn to repairing the FW44. At Silverstone, Albon had the only copy of the latest update package, which was completed at great expense. The preliminary plan was for Nicholas Latifi to compete with the improved parts next weekend in Austria.

When asked if the team has the production capacity to fit both cars with the new parts by then, Capito says: “We’ll have to wait and see. But we’re not in a good position. Of some parts we might have two sets, but we might not everything. So we need to see what’s really the damage and where the other parts are.”

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