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Albon reveals Rossi-inspired helmet he would have worn at Monza

Alex Albon had to withdraw from the Italian Grand Prix weekend after contracting appendicitis, with Nyck de Vries replacing him at Williams for the event.

Alex Albon was forced to withdraw from the Italian Grand Prix after just completing Friday practice, following a spout of appendicitis, meaning that he missed out on unveiling a special helmet he had designed for the event. The British-Thai driver sat the rest of the weekend out and was transferred to hospital, where he underwent surgery to treat the illness. In the meantime, Nyck de Vries substituted for Albon, which subsequently became his audition for a seat at AlphaTauri in 2023. It later emerged that Albon had to be transferred to intensive care overnight owing to complications from the medical procedure, which led to respiratory failure. He managed to make a full recovery in the days that followed, returning to the UK a week after the race before getting back to the action at Singapore.

Rossi tribute helmet

Albon had prepared a special helmet to run over the weekend in honour of nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi. The helmet had Albon's face on the top of the helmet, similar to Rossi's iconic design used at Mugello in 2008. The Williams driver has taken to social media to show off the helmet that was not used. Check out the images below.

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The #MonzaGP helmet we never saw! 🇮🇹 @alex_albon 's @ValeYellow46 -inspired lid! 🤩 #WeAreWilliams pic.twitter.com/OByyEdb3QN — Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) December 23, 2022

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