Massa Withdraws from Hungarian Grand Prix due to Illness, di Resta to race


Paul di Resta will make his first race start with Williams in Hungary - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Felipe Massa will take no further part in the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend after complaining of illness once again during final practice on Saturday morning, with his Williams Martini Racing seat being taken by Paul di Resta.

The Brazilian first went to the medical centre before being taken to hospital after free practice 2 at the Hungaroring on Friday for precautionary checks after feeling dizzy, but was discharged and allowed to participate in Saturday’s final practice session, only for him to stop his running after just twelve laps after again feeling unwell.

Williams have backed Massa’s decision to pull out of the rest of the weekend, with reserve driver di Resta now set to have his first running during the qualifying session before his first race start in Formula 1 since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix when he raced for the Sahara Force India F1 Team.

Massa is hoping to be fit enough to race in the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August, although he does have the benefit of the summer break to recover.