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F1 | Singapore GP | Alex Albon returns to action this weekend: "My preparation for Singapore has been a little different than normal but I’m feeling good"

The Thai driver is back in the cockpit this weekend following his recovery from appendicitis.

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F1 | Singapore GP | Alex Albon returns to action this weekend: "My preparation for Singapore has been a little different than normal but I’m feeling good"
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After missing the Italian Grand Prix due to appendicitis, Alex Albon is returning to action at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old had surgery following that diagnosis and is feeling fit enough to race at F1's toughest venue of the year. 

He does admit his preparation has changed due to his recovery, however. 

"Firstly, I’d just like to thank everyone for all their messages and support over the Italian Grand Prix weekend," said Albon in Williams' Singapore preview. 

"My preparation for Singapore has been a little different than normal but I’m feeling good and I’ve done everything possible to get ready for one of the most physical races on the calendar. I am not underestimating how big of a challenge this is going to be, but I am looking forward to hitting the track on Friday and getting back driving. 

"It’s a great street circuit and the closest race to home for me in Thailand, so I’m really excited to be here and to see the fans that have turned out."

Albon's replacement Nyck de Vries had a weekend to remember as he finished a superb P9 on his debut. Should the Thai be forced to pull out after Friday, the Dutchman is on standby again.

Due to a lack of downforce on the FW44, Williams performed strongly at Monza compared to most other circuits. 

This weekend is expected to be a more normal one for them. Getting into Q2 will be the maximum for the team.

"It has been a few years since we last raced in Singapore and although the layout will be largely unchanged, the track surface is likely to be quite different and is likely to evolve rapidly during the weekend," said Williams' Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson. 

"Whilst the late timing of the sessions helps to reduce the rain risk, it adds to the varying conditions as the track changes from the afternoon to the evening. All of this adds to the challenge of preparing for the Singapore Grand Prix and helps make it a unique and special event.

"As a team we have enjoyed the end to the European season, with the FW44 performing well in Spa and Monza, and Nyck de Vries proving to be a very capable late replacement for Alex. 

"As we now refocus on Singapore, we expect a more challenging weekend, but we also know that a street circuit like Singapore can present opportunity to do well and we will be looking to maximise these chances."

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