Albon discharged from hospital after British GP crash

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Alex Albon has been released from Coventry Hospital to where the Williams driver was airlifted for a thorough check-up after Sunday's multiple car crash at the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

As a result of the accident involving Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu and several other drivers on the run down to the first corner after the start of the race, Albon was hit from behind by Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel.

The Williams was pushed into the wall and ricocheted back onto the track and into the path of oncoming cars where Albon took a second blow.

As the dust settled, the Anglo-Thai racer informed his team over the radio that he was ok. However, F1's medical team assisted him as he exited his car and send him to the track's medical center where it was decided that further checks were required.

Albon was eventually declared in good health and released on Sunday evening.

"We are pleased to confirm that Alex has been given the all clear and has been discharged from Coventry Hospital. Thank you to everyone for your well wishes," Williams said in a statement issued just before 8.30pm UK time.

Albon followed up with a message of his own on social media.

"I’m very glad that everyone else involved in the first lap incident is okay. Thank you to all the medical staff at the track and Coventry Hospital. It’s a shame our race ended before it began today, but we are already fully focused on Austria. Bring on the next one."

Albon told Williams boss Jost Capito that his first contact with the pitwall was a hard hit.

"He's a bit sore, we'll see how he is tomorrow," said Capito. "It's a big relief. For me, it's the most important thing, everything else is then not valid anymore.

"His physio went with him to the medical centre, and we had all the updates, and it's fine now. He had some pain in the back, so then you have to be careful.

“You see how important it is to work on the safety again, and again. Alex didn't look that bad, because the hit from behind was never a big deceleration.

"And then you go far and spin, then you get rid of energy, so it’s not stopping. But the pit wall was the hard thing that he felt.

"That's racing. You can't be frustrated with it. The main thing is that the guys are all healthy and walked away, then everything else doesn't matter."

Albon was running an updated FW44 at Silverstone, and Williams has said that it will repair the chassis in time for next weekend's Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg.

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