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Drivers reflect on Nurburgring fortunes

"When I got the lead then I had more fun because you can brake to your braking mark: if you miss a little bit or go wide behind Jules I would have hit him. It was always on the edge and a little bit raining, which is the worst for me: I had no idea of the grip on the track, so it was a very difficult race."

Filippi found that for himself at the start of the final lap on Sunday when his attempt to pass Bianchi at turn 1 ended in a collision that could have taken them both out.

"I tried to pass and locked the front," Filippi explained. "[Jules] was there and maybe he could have left me a little bit more room, but to me I have no complaints: we talked after and he understood that there was no bad intentions, he was fine with the contact, and it was okay."

Bianchi was able to continue and secure second place, while Filippi spun but kept the engine running and was able to get back underway still with a comfortable margin over Christian Vietoris in fourth place.

There's little time to reflect further on events at the Nurburgring, as the GP2 convoy hastily moves on to Budapest, Hungary this weekend for the seventh of nine rounds in the 2011 GP2 European championship.

Practice takes place on Friday morning following F1 free practice 1, with qualifying for the feature race taking place on Friday afternoon following F1 free practice 2. The feature race itself is at 2.40pm on Saturday afternoon after F1 qualifying, and the sprint race is on Sunday morning at 9.35am ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary in the afternoon.

After wins at the Nurburgring, Grosjean and Filippi will be keen for more of the same at the Hungaroring, while van der Garde will be hoping to stay out of trouble; Davide Valsecchi will have to overcome a ten place grid penalty for the feature race for causing an accident with Arden's Jolyon Palmer on Sunday; Jules Bianchi will be seeking to atone for his mistake; and Charles Pic will be smarting for vengeance against the injustice of a black flag.




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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.]
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Monte Carlo, Monaco. Saturday 23May 2015. Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Monte Carlo, Monaco. Saturday 23May 2015. Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Monte Carlo, Monaco. Saturday 23May 2015. Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix), with his team Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Monte Carlo, Monaco. Saturday 23May 2015. Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Monte Carlo, Monaco. Saturday 23May 2015. Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Monte Carlo, Monaco. Saturday 23May 2015. Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Monte Carlo, Monaco. Saturday 23 May 2015 Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) leads at the start of race 2. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Monte Carlo, Monaco. Saturday 23May 2015. Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix), with his team Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _SBL1134
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) celebrates in the car after winning the feature race at Monte Carlo, Monaco. Friday 22 May 2015. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) celebrates on the podium after winning the feature race at Monte Carlo, Monaco. Friday 22 May 2015. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Alexander Rossi (Racing Engineering), Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) and Sergio Canamasas (MP Motorsport) celebrate on the podium at Monte Carlo, Monaco. Friday 22 May 2015. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) celebrates with champagne after winning the feature race at Monte Carlo, Monaco. Friday 22 May 2015. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Monte Carlo, Monaco. Friday 22 May 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix). World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.

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