Di Resta earns Williams backing

Di Resta earns Williams backing

Felipe Massa has been cleared to take part in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday having visited hospital in Budapest.

Asked about stand-in Di Resta, who hasn't raced in F1 since 2013, Williams said there were no expectations on the 31-year-old's shoulders.

With no serious problem found, Massa was seen at the Hungaroring on Saturday morning by the FIA medical delegate, who passed him fit to take part in the final free practice session.

However, he continued to feel unwell during the session, and after posting only 12 laps during the session, decided with the team to withdraw from driving, with "a view to return to the race-track for the Belgian Grand Prix".

'Following this decision, the team's reserve driver Paul di Resta will drive alongside Lance Stroll for the remainder of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend'. Despite being cleared by medical staff on Friday night, the same symptoms produced themselves on Saturday morning before the all-important Qualification session. It meant the Scot - Williams' official reserve driver - replaced the Brazilian driver for his F1 appearance since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.

It marked Di Resta's first experience of Formula One's new generation of cars.

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"There was a bit of a miscommunication, so I didn't know that anyone was coming behind and we've now got a penalty for blocking another auto..."

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

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

"You just have to get in the vehicle and do the best-possible job".

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. From that you carry all of Felipe's brake and steering wheel settings, everything you try and work through a weekend to do, but it is hard.

"I think he's more upset than anything else", Williams told Sky Sports on Massa's situation.

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