Luca Filippi is to return to GP2 this weekend at Monza with his old team Scuderia Coloni, stepping into the seat vacated yesterday with the announcement that Coloni had parted ways with their former driver Stefano Coletti.
"We thought that an all Italian line-up for our home race would have been the best thing to do," said team principal Paolo Coloni making the announcement on Wednesday. "We did a great job together last year."
Last year, Filippi transferred to Coloni after a lacklustre early part of the season with Super Nova Racing. But once he moved into the Coloni cockpit his season took off.
Monza was the final weekend of the 2011 season, and Filippi won the feature race with Coloni and then went on to finish in the points again in fifth place in the Sunday sprint race which meant that he edged Jules Bianchi for the runners-up spot by a single point, while Romain Grosjean taking the championship title.
Given Filippi's success, Coloni said that he'd expected Filippi to snap up a deal in a major series, such as Grosjean found with Lotus F1 and Jules Bianchi as Force India's test and reserve driver. That didn't happen, however, and Fillip's hopes of running the Indianapolis 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan also came to nothing because of a lack of sponsorship.
"Frankly I would have expected Luca to be contacted by some manufacturer for a works program this season [but] it didn't happen," said Coloni.
Filippi will be teamed with the series; remaining regular driver, Fabio Onidi.
"With Filippi and Onidi Scuderia Coloni is reassessing its role of sole Italian team that helps national talents to get under the spotlight," said Coloni.
Meanwhile, the ousted Stefano Coletti has revealed on Twitter that he will be driving for Rapax this weekend, replacing Daniël de Jong in the #21 car.
The message was short and to the point, simply stating "News: driving for rapax in monza! Wish me luck :)" He had not referred to the circumstances of his depature from Coloni on Tuesday.