Di Resta earns Williams backing

Ken Copeland
July 30, 2017

Di Resta was due to commentate on qualifying and the race for Sky Sports, but was thrown in at the deep end by Williams after Felipe Massa was deemed to unwell to continue after a brief FP3 outing.

Williams reserve driver Di Resta, who last raced in the sport back in 2013, has not tested this year's auto, and will be thrown into the deep end in qualifying later on Saturday.

But after feeling unwell and dizzy when he got out of the vehicle, Massa cancelled his post-session media activities and went to the medical centre at the track to see doctors.

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.

Paul di Resta will replace Felipe Massa, who was taken ill at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Di Resta has 58 grand prix starts under his belt after racing at Force India for three consecutive seasons in between 2011 and 2013. Despite being cleared by medical staff on Friday night, the same symptoms produced themselves on Saturday morning before the all-important Qualification session.

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"It's weird. I was sitting talking about what we'd be saying in the qualifying build-up show, but diving straight in, I'm not going to lie, I was scared, I was nervous, anxious".

Prior to qualifying, Williams team boss Claire Williams explained Massa's situation and why the change had been made so late on in the weekend.

"I haven't driven one of these cars for 3 and a half years apart from 10 laps I did in a 2014 vehicle and you get thrown into qualifying which is the deepest of all deep, jumping off a cliff and seeing how you can fight for survival". "I haven't driven one of these cars for three-and-a-half years apart from 10 laps I did in a 2014 vehicle and you get thrown into qualifying which is the deepest of all deep, jumping off a cliff and seeing how you can fight for survival". 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.

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"I need to rest and prepare myself in the best way to come back even stronger in Spa".

"You just have to get in the auto and do the best-possible job". The team prepared me as best as they could.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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