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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.]
Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 27 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) leads Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) and Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) at the start of the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Colleti (MON, Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) and Arthur Pic (FRE, Campos Racing) celebrate on the podium after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrates after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at the start of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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