Paul di Resta replaces unwell Massa for Hungarian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa was taken to the hospital after Friday practice because he felt “unwell and dizzy”

Felipe Massa was taken to the hospital after Friday practice because he felt “unwell and dizzy”

A day that had started with the Scot ironing a shirt for his regular television commentary duties veered wildly off course after Williams race driver Felipe Massa fell ill in final practice.

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

"He has seen the FIA medical delegate at the circuit this morning [Saturday], who is happy that he is fit to continue driving this weekend".

Paul di Resta was thrown into the "deepest of deep ends" at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday and emerged to universal acclaim. He ended up racing in a auto for the Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying that he had never driven in before. He was cleared to take part in Practice Three on Saturday morning but completed just 12 laps before abandoning his running.

His participation in qualifying later on Saturday will be his first since the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix almost four years ago, and his only taste of this year's Williams will have been in the team's simulator at their Oxfordshire base.

Di Resta will not get any practice in the auto, owing to Qualifying due to start at 13:00pm United Kingdom time.

"It's weird. I was sitting talking about what we'd be saying in the qualifying build-up show, but diving straight in, I'm not going to lie, I was scared, I was nervous, anxious".

"I have just sat with Paul di Resta while he was trying to have some lunch".

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

Williams has confirmed Di Resta will carry the number 40 on his vehicle, which is the team's designated reserve driver number. "I hope I would do as good a job or better than anyone else". 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. "It's a huge ask to give a guy no track time and literally half an hour before he's due to go out, put him in the auto".

Di Resta will be the third British driver on the grid this weekend alongside Lewis Hamilton and Jolyon Palmer.

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