Jack Aitken Announces His Surprising Return Barely a Couple of Months After Near-Fatal Crash

Published 10/07/2021, 5:07 AM EDT
PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL – OCTOBER 24: Jack Aitken of Great Britain and Williams walks in the Paddock before practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 24, 2020 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)


Williams Academy driver Jack Aitken has recovered from his accident in Spa. The young British driver took to social media to inform his fans that he will be back on the track this week.

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Been a long time, but… it’s race week, baby,” said Aitken.

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Aitken was involved in a serious accident in a 24 hours race at Spa-Francorchamps in July. He suffered massive injuries to his vertebrae and had a broken collarbone.

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Aitken was taken to the hospital and the Williams Racing Team took to social media to extend their support to their reserve driver for his recovery.

Sending our best wishes to our Reserve Driver Jack Aitken following an accident at the @24HoursofSpa. Jack has been taken to hospital for further evaluation and fortunately, with no life-threatening injuries. Everyone at the team wishes him a speedy recovery,” said the Williams F1 team.

After the accident, Aitken also took to Twitter to provide an update on his injuries.

“First of all, thank you to everyone who has supported me in the last 16 hours or so, from the marshalls, medical staff trackside and at the hospital, my wonderful team, fellow drivers and all of you sending messages. All things considered I feel fine, and quite lucky,” said Aitken.

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Will we see Jack Aitken back in F1 anytime soon?

Jack Aitken has been a Williams reserve driver for some time now. He even made an impression on the team when he deputized for George Russell at the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020. Although Aitken finished P16 in the race, he almost caught Haas‘s Magnussen at the end.

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“Jack’s done a good job all weekend,” said Williams, head of vehicle performance, Dave Robson.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 15: Jack Aitken of Great Britain driving the Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes during the F1 Young Drivers Test at Yas Marina Circuit on December 15, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“We had him in the car [for free practice] in Austria, for the second race, so we knew he was comfortable and fitted, and there were no basic issues.” said Robson.

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With Aitken back to racing, it would be interesting to see if he could make his way back to driving in F1 again. Will we see Jack back in F1? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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