Paul di Resta will make a shock return to the System 1 grid this weekend after being referred to as as much as substitute the unwell Felipe Massa within the Williams Martini Racing staff.
The British driver has not competed in F1 since 2013 following three seasons with Drive India and is but to drive the most recent specification vehicles outfitted with the V6 Hybrid engines in anger.
However, having been signed to Williams as its reserve driver because the begin of 2016, di Resta will get a shock alternative to compete once more within the newest FW40 after Massa was taken unwell following Friday free observe.
Although Massa was handed match to drive once more in FP3, he ended the session early after simply 12 laps.
As such, Massa will sit out the rest of the weekend, paving the best way for di Resta – who has competed in DTM since 2014 – to take his place regardless of having solely the qualifying session to rise up to hurry.
“After feeling unwell throughout observe in Budapest on Friday and Saturday, Felipe Massa won’t drive for the remiander of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.
“Felipe visited the medical centre and the MH EK Honvedkorhaz hospital for precautionary assessments on Friday, after feeling unwell and dizzy throughout FP2. He was cleared to participate in Saturday’s observe session by the FIA medical delegate, however he felt unwell once more throughout FP3 and has made the choice to withdraw from the weekend.
“Williams helps Felipe’s resolution and the staff will work with him to make sure he has made a full restoration, with a view to return to the monitor for the Belgian Grand Prix.”
di Resta will nonetheless have to qualify inside 107 per cent to make sure he can begin the race.