Williams’ Jack Aitken Offers Much-Needed Health Update After Near-Fatal Crash at Spa

Published 08/01/2021, 5:29 AM EDT
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 10: Jack Aitken of Great Britain and Campos Racing prepares for Qualifying for the Formula 2 Championship at Red Bull Ring on July 10, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


In yesterday’s 24-hour race at Spa, there was a horrible crash, which included, Williams’ reserve driver, Jack Aitken. However, the Brit is alright as the injuries that he sustained, weren’t life-threatening. He took to Twitter to thank those who wished him well and gave an update on his situation.

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The 25-year-old is now focused on getting back to a hundred percent and getting back in the car is his main priority. He is confident that with the people around him and with their love and support, he will make a speedy recovery.

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Aitken gives an update after the horrible crash at Spa

He wrote, “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.”

Aitken added, “I’ve broken my collarbone, and fractured a vertebrae but it’s stable fortunately. The aim now is to get back to the UK and start to recover as best as possible, and be back in the car soon. I’m sure with the people around me I’ll manage it just fine!”

A missed opportunity at Williams for Aitken?

The rumors of George Russell leaving the Grove-based outfit for Mercedes are ramping up. This means that the team would have to find a replacement, and topping their list is Aitken, who is their reserve driver and would fit perfectly alongside, Nicholas Latifi.

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However, with such an injury, a timeline can’t be established for the Brit’s recovery. Hence, with uncertainty looming over Aitken, Williams might look elsewhere.

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)

But, Aitken is confident that he will be back behind the wheel in no time, and will be ready if he gets the call from the Grove-based outfit. We hope to see Jack Aitken make a full recovery and bounce back from the incident at Spa, and wish to see him in F1 with Williams in the near future.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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