Williams Formula 1 reserve driver Paul di Resta is set to replace Felipe Massa for the remainder of the Hungarian GP, after the Brazilian had to call it a day early on in FP3 after feeling ill.
The Brazilian, who returned to Formula 1 upon Rosberg’s shock F1 departure, felt sick and dizzy at the end of Friday’s running in Budapest, and was sent to a local hospital for further checks – however no such major worries were brought up.
It has been reported that the Williams driver was faced with “Viral labyrinthitis”, the same virus that forced Martin Brundle to sit out his TV duties for Sky Sports F1 during Sunday of the British Grand Prix, where he missed out on receiving his trophy by Ross Brawn. In addition, Sky Sports report that with Massa’s illness, it totals 10 sicknesses related to “Viral labyrinthitis” in the F1 paddock.
However, following Practice 3, Massa felt ill again and the Williams Formula 1 team have decided to put Sky F1 commentator Paul di Resta for the rest of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The former Force India driver will face a tough challenge, with no experience behind the wheel of a 2017 F1 car, and very little experience with F1’s hybrid cars. di Resta will not receive any practice, as he will go straight into Qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.