Alex Albon says he is still not feeling 100% following a crash at the British Grand Prix that left him in hospital – but the Williams driver will race on this weekend.
Albon crashed hard on Lap 1 of the race at Silverstone, in a separate incident to the shunt that sent Zhou Guanyu hurtling into the catch fencing, upside down.
However, despite Zhou being cleared fit by medics at the circuit, Albon was transferred to Coventry Walsgrave Hospital where he underwent further checks.
He was discharged from hospital later that evening and has now, like Zhou, been cleared fit to race at the Red Bull Ring this weekend, despite not yet feeling 100%.
“I was a little bit sore on Monday and then each day so far it’s just been getting better and better, so I’m sure by tomorrow we’ll be back to 100% [for Friday],” he told media, including RacingNews365.com.
“It’s a little bit sore and all that kind of thing but yeah, I’m all okay.”
Albon does not remember much from Silverstone shunt
Revealing what he remembers of the crash, Albon said: “Not much to be honest. It all happened very quickly.
“Obviously, I was hitting the wall and then at that point it was kind of like a pinball reaction and I was just going wherever the cars were hitting me.
“It was just one of those things. Fortunately, Zhou was okay. He had the bigger crash and he seemed to walk out shortly after so, yeah, there wasn’t really much to it.”
He added: “It was a bit of a blur. Thankfully, everyone’s okay.”
Williams to run yet more upgrades this weekend
Williams were running an upgrade on Albon’s car bigger than most at the British Grand Prix, and left the circuit fearing that the progress had been thrown away due to the crash.
However, it turns out those upgrade parts mostly survived, with a further update bolted onto the car for this weekend’s race in Austria.
“I’d say actually maybe even more of an update,” he added. “We had maybe 80% of the update in Silverstone and this weekend we have all of it, so it’s positive.
“The guys obviously did a great job to get it all repaired. The crash looked, in some ways, worse than it was. I managed to hit the wall head-on and avoid damaging all the fancy parts on the sides.
“And then once obviously the other impacts were damaging but with less force, so it was actually salvageable in some areas.
“It’s good [that we can run the upgrade again] because at Silverstone we didn’t actually get much dry running and then, obviously, in the race we did 100 metres, so you don’t get much data from that!”