Di Resta was 'scared, anxious and nervous'

Nichole Vega
July 30, 2017

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set a blistering pace in final practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix as doubts swirl about Felipe Massa's ability to race.

Williams told Sky Sports: "Unfortunately Felipe is not well enough to take part in the rest of the race weekend for us, so Paul Di Resta, our reserve driver will be filling in for him".

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

Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta reflected on a whirlwind afternoon in Hungary after swapping commentary duty for the cockpit of the FW40. Despite being cleared by medical staff on Friday night, the same symptoms produced themselves on Saturday morning before the all-important Qualification session.

He drove in 58 Grand Prix for the Silverstone outfit, with a best result of fourth place in the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix and 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix.

With 10 points on his super license, Kvyat is now just two away from a race ban, and will remain so until the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas this October.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Di Resta said: "I'm ready to pounce if Felipe needs a stand in".

"You're very anxious. Nervous but very excited".

"These cars are top of their game and it is like being back at home driving the best balanced vehicle you have ever driven".

'I'm very happy with what we have done and I could never have expected to go out there and be so close straight away and equally feel as comfortable in the auto as I did, Di Resta added. There's no pressure out there. You are tuned in for a race weekend and then you don't race but he has made the right choice.

"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".

Williams has confirmed Di Resta will carry the number 40 on his vehicle, which is the team's designated reserve driver number.

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