Williams Back-Up Di Resta Replaces Massa for Hungary
For the second time in 2017, a driver gets a surprise call-up to fill in on the Saturday of a Formula 1 weekend onwards.
Williams reserve Paul di Resta is replacing Felipe Massa for the Hungarian Grand Prix after the Brazilian suffered illness since the start of the event.
Massa only managed 62 laps between three practice sessions, 22 fewer than team-mate Lance Stroll, and spent part of the second half of third practice out of the cockpit.
“Felipe visited the medical centre and the MH EK Honvedkorhaz hospital for precautionary tests on Friday, after feeling unwell and dizzy during FP2,” a statement from the team read. “He was cleared to take part in Saturday’s practice session by the FIA medical delegate, but he felt unwell again during FP3 and has made the decision to withdraw from the weekend.”
It is the first time that Massa has not raced since suffering a massive accident at the 2009 event. That year he had a head injury from a suspension spring hitting his helmet, missing the remainder of the season.
Hungary’s contest is di Resta’s first F1 entry since Brazil in 2013 after making 58 starts for Force India between 2011-13. The 2010 DTM champion has since continued racing in the German touring car championship for Mercedes, winning twice in four seasons.
This ends a run of 69 starts without a Scottish driver being involved in the sport, the largest gap for the country since 116 Grands Prix separated Johnny Dumfries (Australia 1986) and David Coulthard (Spain 1994).
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