Paul di Resta to replace ill Felipe Massa at Hungarian Grand Prix

Unwell Massa needed hospital checks

Paul di Resta jumped in at the last minute in Hungary to replace Felipe Massa for the Williams F1 team at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The team's Reserve Driver Paul di Resta was confirmed as Felipe's replacement for the remainder of the race weekend.

The 31-year-old, who has been working as a consultant for Sky Sports F1, will be jumping from the frying pan into the fire, having never driven the team's new-spec FW40 when he heads straight out into qualifying this afternoon.

Although he felt better on Saturday morning and was given the all clear to resume driving in final free practice, he was forced to cut short his running as he felt unwell again. The last of his 58 F1 races was the Brazilian GP in November 2013. Despite being cleared by medical staff on Friday night, the same symptoms produced themselves on Saturday morning before the all-important Qualification session.

"I've not driven one of these cars for three-and-a-half years, apart from 10 laps I did in a 2014 vehicle, and then you get thrown into qualifying which is the deepest of all deep ends - it's like jumping off a cliff and seeing how you fight for survival". "He's suffering from some vertigo following a problem with something in his ears so I'm not exactly sure of the medical terminology of it, but obviously he needs to go for some further investigations, which he will do after this grand prix".




'I was scared, nervous, anxious, ' said Di Resta, who competes in the DTM series. Massa had been complaining of dizziness, meaning that di Resta was thrown right in the deep end - his only previous experience of the 2017 vehicle coming in the team's simulator.

"But Paul is an experienced driver, and I couldn't feel happier actually that we have someone of Paul's calibre and experience, even though he may not have taken part in a race weekend for a couple of years".

"These cars are top of their game and it's like being back at home driving the best balanced vehicle you've ever driven".

The Brit though admitted the experience went better than he could have possibly hoped, but still expects to struggle on race day in Budapest.

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