Williams driver Alex Albon has said he could compete in the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend after suffering health problems following an appendicitis operation.

Albon was admitted to intensive care earlier this month when he developed respiratory failure following what would otherwise have been a routine operation. He was replaced at the Italian Grand Prix by substitute Nick de Vries, who finished ninth.

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Albon had previously said that by the end of Friday’s two practices, he would have a clear idea if his body was ready for the task, and the rider said he thought he was ready to race.

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“It was at the limit, but if I think I can do it, then I want to participate. And now I know that I can,” Albon told the BBC.

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The Singapore race is the most physically demanding on the F1 calendar and Albon’s training included karting to see his body recover from his hospital stay.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Albon said he was “lucky” to miss just one race.

“In terms of failures, they are actually small,” Albon said. “I missed the race, I was very lucky. In Italy, I was surrounded by very good doctors who helped me get back to a good place.

“I was very lucky. I only missed one race, so it doesn’t really matter.”