Di Resta replaces Massa for Hungarian GP

Paul di Resta prepares t replace unwell Felipe Massa in Hungary

Williams driver Paul di Resta of Britain takes a curve during the qualifying session for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, northeast of Budapest, Saturday, July 29, 2017.

With zero experience of driving the FW40, the Williams reserve driver had to cover for an ill Felipe Massa ahead of qualifying on Saturday.

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.

"Excellent job from Paul di Resta from a standing start in qualifying in Hungary", Brundle tweeted.

"Even though he may not have taken part in a race weekend for a couple of years, he's driven this era's hybrid cars, he's driven in our 36, so I have confidence. You have to be very committed and confident", he had said before the confirmation that he would be in the cockpit. It's something I was always quite on the good side of before.

"It's a shame, because today had been quite a good day: our overall performance and my feeling with the vehicle was okay, even if the balance changed a bit throughout the qualifying session". However, he was ready to go the moment we took the decision and it was very courageous of him to go out for his first time in the 2017 generation of F1 cars, along with the new tyres and aero package, to be thrown straight into a competitive session.

"Even when I had the winter off and drove a DTM auto, the first day you hurt because you're hanging on, using every muscle. You do everything else to make it what you think is the best".

Di Resta was cautious due to his lack of experience with the new cars, but believes he was unlucky to get lapped just before he made his pit stop.

"Physically", he said when asked what will be the most hard challenge to deal with in the race.

Boullier said: "Technically we still have Jenson Button, but we would probably have to ask Ferrari if we needed someone at the last moment". It's like any winter you have off, the first day you come back you think 'how did I ever drive these things past year and find it so easy?'. I don't know where they are, I've never driven the vehicle on high fuel, so that will be another shock into Turn 1. You've got to let yourself relax. The Hungarian Grand Prix will be held on Sunday, July 30. It was hot, fighting for it.

"Honestly, I didn't expect to be so close straight away. I won't be as fresh [as I was after qualifying]".

'I was scared, nervous, anxious, ' said Di Resta, who competes in the DTM series.

Di Resta will still be the more experienced man alongside 18-year-old Canadian rookie Lance Stroll. "So I am really happy for Paul because that was against all odds".

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