Nyck de Vries will make his Formula 1 debut for Williams at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in place of Alex Albon who is unwell with appendicitis.
The Dutch driver has been drafted in a last minute super sub after Albon was reported of feeling unwell on Saturday morning.
A statement issued by Williams read: “Williams Racing can confirm that, after feeling unwell this morning and seeking medical advice from the FIA and local hospital, Alex Albon is now undergoing treatment for appendicitis.
“Following on from this, we can confirm that the team’s Reserve Driver Nyck de Vries will drive in place of Alex for the remainder of the Italian Grand Prix weekend. Alex is in good spirits and the team wishes him a speedy recovery.”
De Vries has already driven at Monza this weekend after a run in FP1 for Aston Martin, his third practice outing this season for three different teams.
The 2021 Formula E champion is Mercedes’ reserve driver and has already driven for the German manufacturer at Paul Ricard and Williams at the Spanish Grand Prix.
De Vries is bidding to join the F1 grid next year and has been linked with the vacant seats at both Alpine and Williams.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said earlier this year that it would help De Vries in any way it could amid his bid to secure a full-time race seat for 2023.
It it is not the first occasion Williams has had to field a replacement driver in recent years, after Paul di Resta stepped in at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix when Felipe Massa was ruled out through illness.