Illness sidelines WIlliams F1 driver Felipe Massa for Hungarian Grand Prix

Illness sidelines WIlliams F1 driver Felipe Massa for Hungarian Grand Prix

Illness sidelines WIlliams F1 driver Felipe Massa for Hungarian Grand Prix

Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta has been drafted in to replace Felipe Massa as the Brazilian continues to battle a sudden bout of illness.

Massa went to hospital after feeling dizzy in Friday practice but was released and spent the night in his hotel. He was then taken to the MH EK Honvédkórház hospital to complete precautionary checks, but was cleared to compete in FP3 by the FIA's medical delegate ahead of the Saturday morning session.

'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.

Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta reflected on a whirlwind afternoon in Hungary after swapping commentary duty for the cockpit of the FW40.

Di Resta has 58 grand prix starts under his belt after racing at Force India for three consecutive seasons in between 2011 and 2013.

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

"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. 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". Felipe, as you all know, fell unwell at the end of FP2 yesterday. You are tuned in for a race weekend and then you don't race but he has made the right choice. You just have to get in the vehicle and do the job possible.

"My feeling with the vehicle is quite good and now all I can hope for is a different type of race, an eventful one, otherwise it will be hard to overtake here".

Though he has not driven the latest generation of F1 vehicle, he drove a 2014 Williams at the team's 40th anniversary event at Silverstone earlier this year.

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