Massa doubtful for Hungarian F1 Grand Prix

Lynne Hanson
July 30, 2017

Felipe Massa withdrew from the Hungarian Grand Prix following Saturday's FP3 session after feeling too unwell to continue driving.

Media reports had indicated the team's experienced British reserve Paul di Resta, who last raced in 2013 with Force India, was being readied to step in for the 36-year-old.

"Felipe visited the medical centre and the MH EK Honvedkorhaz hospital for precautionary tests on Friday, after feeling unwell and dizzy during FP2".

"Williams supports Felipe's decision and the team will work with him to ensure he makes a full recovery, with a view to return to the race track for the Belgian Grand Prix".

Paul di Resta says he can be happy with his performance under the circumstances after stepping into a 2017 specification auto for the first time ahead of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix and ending up only seven tenths behind his team-mate. It meant the Scot - Williams' official reserve driver - replaced the Brazilian driver for his F1 appearance since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix. He was cleared to take part in Practice Three on Saturday morning but completed just 12 laps before abandoning his running.

"You're very anxious. Nervous but very excited".

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After the qualification session, Di Resta was the toast of the F1 world, despite his lowly position.

"I think if we had to have anyone in our vehicle, you're going to have total confidence with someone like Paul".

"I need to rest and prepare myself in the best way to come back even stronger in Spa". You go straight in the deep end.

"These cars are top of their game and it is like being back at home driving the best balanced vehicle you have ever driven". From that you carry all of Felipe's brake and steering wheel settings, everything you try and work through a weekend to do, but it is hard.

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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