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Williams Call on di Resta to Replace Massa for Hungarian GP

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Williams F1 Team have elected to go forward with Paul di Resta in replacement duty for an unwell Felipe Massa for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The 31-year-old last raced for Force India in 2013, but was brought in last year as a reserve driver with the Grove-squad.

Massa complained of dizziness after FP2 on Friday and sought medical treatment, but the symptoms returns on Saturday and he prematurely ended his FP3 session.

Williams released the following statement:

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

“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.

“Following this decision, the team’s Reserve Driver Paul di Resta will drive alongside Lance Stroll for the remainder of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.