Felipe Massa pulls out of Hun­gar­ian GP

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Brazil­ian driver Felipe Massa has pulled out of the Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix due to ill­ness and will be re­placed by re­serve Paul di Resta for qual­i­fy­ing later yes­ter­day and for to­day’s race. The Wil­liams team said in a state­ment that the 36-year-old Massa went to the For­mula One med­i­cal cen­ter and then Honved­ko­r­haz hos­pi­tal on Fri­day for “pre­cau­tion­ary tests” af­ter feel­ing “un­well and dizzy” dur­ing the sec­ond prac­tice ses­sion.

Al­though he was cleared to take part in yes­ter­day’s third and fi­nal prac­tice run, he again felt un­well and made the de­ci­sion to with­draw af­ter clock­ing the 17th time out of 20 driv­ers. Wil­liams says it “sup­ports Felipe’s de­ci­sion and the team will work with him to en­sure he makes a full re­cov­ery, with a view to re­turn to the race track for the Bel­gian Grand Prix” in late Au­gust.

Di Resta will race along­side 18-year-old Cana­dian driver Lance Stroll. For the 31-year-old Di Resta, it is an un­ex­pected chance to get back be­hind the wheel in F1. The last of his 58 F1 races was the Brazil­ian GP in Novem­ber 2013.

In three sea­sons with the Force In­dia team, he had a best re­sult of fourth at the Sin­ga­pore GP in 2012 and at the Bahrain GP in 2013. Di Resta had not driven the Wil­liams F1 car on track be­fore and had very lit­tle time to pre­pare. Deputy team prin­ci­pal Claire Wil­liams said be­fore qual­i­fy­ing that Di Resta would be “a bit ner­vous” about driv­ing on the Hun­garor­ing cir­cuit. Qual­i­fy­ing is split in three ses­sions, with five driv­ers elim­i­nated af­ter the first and an­other five af­ter the sec­ond to leave the last 10 to bat­tle it out in the third.

Al­though Di Resta failed to make it into the sec­ond, and qual­i­fied only 19th out of 20 driv­ers for to­day’s race, his team hailed it over the ra­dio as a “fan­tas­tic ef­fort.” — AP

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