Paul Di Resta likens late Williams call-up to jumping off a cliff

Paul Di Resta likens late Williams call-up to jumping off a cliff

Williams reserve driver di Resta received a remarkably late call up just 90mins before qualifying after Felipe Massa - having been passed fit to compete in FP3 following dizzy spells after practice yesterday - decided he couldn't continue in his current state.

Asked about stand-in Di Resta, who hasn't raced in F1 since 2013, Williams said there were no expectations on the 31-year-old's shoulders.

Di Resta was drafted in when Felipe Massa cut final practice short due to dizziness, something which had prompted a hospital visit on Friday evening.

"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".

Lance Stroll qualified 17th and Paul di Resta 19th for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Despite being cleared by medical staff on Friday night, the same symptoms produced themselves on Saturday morning before the all-important Qualification session. It's just the auto is not where it should be, and we've got a lot of work to do to come back and compete as we should at these high downforce circuits.

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Di Resta will take over the unwell Massa's vehicle, which will be renumbered to #40, from the start of qualifying. "I'm standing by pretty close". You go straight in the deep end. "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". It's a tricky little track.

This weekend's race at the Hungaroring will be the first since the 1982 San Marino Grand Prix not to feature a Brazilian driver.

"You just have to get in the auto and do the best-possible job".

"My feeling with the auto 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".

"The main thing is that Felipe's health is OK".

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