Deputy head Williams Claire Williams said that Paul di Resta successfully replace Felipe Massa at the Hungarian Grand Prix and will cope with the pressure.
Yesterday, the Brazilian fell ill, and after the third workout finally refused to participate in the GP due to poor health. Just an hour before qualifying it was forced to replace the backup team driver Paul di Resta.
Williams confirmed to replace Felipe Massa Paul di Resta
“I have no doubt that he is nervous confessed Claire. – However, Paul is an experienced racer and I’m very glad we have a pilot of this level, albeit he was not involved in the racing week-ends of F1 the last couple of years.
He ran a hybrid F1 cars, and it is our FW36 (photo), so I’m sure of it.
Of course, it will not be easy – no training and once qualified. He had no time for preparation, he was nervous, but I have no doubt that if anyone can cope with this task, then just the Floor.”
Williams also added that the engineers did not have to change much on the car: “Not so difficult as you might think. It was necessary to change something inside the cockpit, since the Floor above Felipe. Mechanics rehearsed the whole process yesterday, it took 40 minutes.
Paul had a valid license, all issues have been resolved, and yesterday we were ready to such turn”.
Paul di Resta will perform at the Hungarian Grand Prix at number 40.
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