Paul Di Resta makes shock return to Formula One at the Hungarian Grand Prix after Felipe Massa forced out with illness

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‘Like jumping off a cliff’

Brit racer was called in to replace the Brazilian, while he was ironing his shirt, preparing for a day working at Sky F1

PAUL DI RESTA made a shock return to racing in Formula One – just hours after getting a phone call while doing his ironing.

The Brit, who last raced with Force India at the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix, was called up by Williams as a replacement for Felipe Massa, who was struck down with a virus.

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Paul Di Resta was called in to replace Felipe Massa at the last minute

Brit ace Paul Di Resta last raced in F1 back in 2013 with Force India

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Brit ace Paul Di Resta last raced in F1 back in 2013 with Force India

The Brazilian, who complained of feeling dizzy after Friday’s practice was cleared by doctors to take part in final practice.

But the bout returned and he was forced to retire from this weekend’s Hungarian GP.

The illness is believed to be the same that struck down Sky F1‘s Martin Brundle, who Di Resta was supposed to be replacing in the commentary box this weekend.

Di Resta qualified in 19th place despite having NEVER driven this year’s car and after only getting 90 minutes’ warning.

He said: “It’s weird I was ironing my shirt at 10.55am, talking about what we were going to talk about pre-show.

“I’m not going to lie, I was scared, nervous, anxious.

Paul Di Resta was due to appear as a pundit for Sky F1's coverage in Hungary

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Paul Di Resta was due to appear as a pundit for Sky F1’s coverage in Hungary


British racer Paul Di Resta had no more than 90 minutes notice

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British racer Paul Di Resta had no more than 90 minutes notice

“I’ve not driven one of these cars for three-and-a-half years, apart from ten laps I did in a 2014 car.

“And then you get thrown into qualifying which is the deepest of all deep ends.

“It’s like jumping off a cliff and seeing how you fight for survival!”

Paul Di Resta admirably qualified in 19th place despite the late warning

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Paul Di Resta admirably qualified in 19th place despite the late warning
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