Filippi: The veteran that keeps raising the benchmark

Filippi: The veteran that keeps raising the benchmark

Luca Filippi's brilliant turnaround in the second half of the 2011 GP2 Series netted the Italian runner-up spot in the standings. Glenn Freeman spoke to the category's most experienced driver to find out how he and his Coloni team transformed into winners

There was a 24-hour period in the middle of July when Luca Filippi was sat on 99 GP2 Series starts, yet didn't have a drive for what was supposed to be his 100th.

The veteran Italian had been moved aside by Super Nova Racing for the Nurburgring weekend at the request of an incoming sponsor, a possibility he had been aware of since before the season started. But the timing was cruel. Just as he was about to become GP2's first centurion, he was back on the sidelines.

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