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Drivers reflect on Nurburgring fortunes

His endeavours took Coloni from near the bottom with just a single point in the team championship before the weekend to 7th place with 16pts going to Hungary, demonstrating just how much difference the right driver can make to a GP2 team.

"Until now for them the season wasn't so great," agreed Filippi. "Obviously they were very unlucky when [Davide] Rigon was injured, and [Kevin] Ceccon did a great job but obviously he is a rookie, and once they had a chance to show how they are they did everything perfectly!

"The atmosphere we had before the race was really amazing," he enthused. "All the mechanics were motivated, everybody really wanted a great performance, and I was really able to see in their eyes how much they wanted this victory."

Describing his run to third place in the rain-hit Sunday sprint race, Filippi said: "I'm very glad that we made a perfect strategy, and we were the fastest car on the track: we couldn't overtake because there was only one dry line, but I'm very pleased: the strategy was perfect, and we pitted at exactly the right time."

In stark contrast to Fillipi, Jules Bianchi - who built on his breakthrough success at Silverstone with 10pts this weekend - was visibly downcast on the sprint race podium and seemed to be fixating on the mistake he made on the penultimate lap of that race that cost him the win, which went to Grosjean instead.

"I pushed a bit, I made a mistake in the second last lap at the chicane, and Romain overtook me," he said. "I'm very disappointed because without the mistake I would have won for sure, because it was not possible to overtake.

"It was my mistake today, and that's it: I'm really sorry about that ... I'm just quite disappointed."

Grosjean had been resigned to second place after an early overtaking move on the Lotus ART after the pit stops to switch to slicks had come to nothing.

"[After the pitstops] Jules did a small mistake: I tried to overtake him once but there is only one line so it is quite difficult. Then he did a mistake one lap to the end and I could go for the win: it was great, and the team did a very good job too!" he said. "We are happy with this win, which is important."

Grosjean was no fan of the changing conditions on Sunday, saying that it was "not so much fun, to be honest - particularly when you are second.

"It was a very difficult race," he admitted. "The conditions were very, very tough, nobody had grip so you could see the cars sliding everywhere. It was very difficult, and then my engineer told me it should be raining in ten minutes, so I was keeping the tyres alive - and the rain never came!




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Charles Pic (FRA, Barwa Addax Team). Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) and Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) are the top three in qualifying at the Nurburgring. July 2011. [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) celebrates his race victory on the podium with Charles Pic (FRA, Barwa Addax Team). [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) celebrates his race victory on the podium. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrates his victory on the podium. Nurburgring sprint race - July 2011. [Photo credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrates his victory on the podium with Jules Bianchi (FRA,Lotus ART) and Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni). Nurburgring sprint race - July 2011. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium with Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) and Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) wins at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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