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Massa cleared to race at Spa by FIA medical delegate

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The FIA has approved Felipe Massa’s participation in this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix after missing the last Formula 1 race through illness.

Massa pulled out of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend following final practice after coming down ill, with Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta taking his place.

The Brazilian required approval from the FIA medical staff at Spa to enter this weekend’s race, which was received on Thursday.

“I feel good. I feel ready to get back in the car,” Massa said during Thursday’s FIA press conference.

“I was feeling a little bit dizzy on that weekend, vertigo is the name of what I had. It was the first time that I had this, it was a strange feeling. It unfortunately happened in the race weekend, and it kept me out of the car.

“But I feel good now, ready to get back to the second part of the season, and hopefully we can do good races.”

McLaren almost back on schedule with 2018 F1 car after delay

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McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.

The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.

“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.

“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.

“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.

“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.

“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”