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Coloni confirms Filippi for Singapore finale

Scuderia Coloni has confirmed that driver Luca Filippi will return to drive for the team in the final race of the 2012 GP2 Series at Singapore next weekend.

Luca Filippi, the 2011 GP2 Series championship runner-up, will return to action for Coloni once again at Singapore next weekend, in the final round of this year's season.

Filippi returned to his former team just days before the Monza weekend and scored a dream return to the competition by winning the feature race. However, early race damage in the sprint race meant he was counted out early on Sunday when he was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop for a new front wing.

"After the win in Monza and the unrivalled pace we showed in both races, leaving Luca without a seat wasn't even an option," said team principal Paolo Coloni. "Last weekend we immediately found the same amazing feeling we had in 2011."

Coloni pointed out that such chemistry would be particularly important heading into Singapore, the first time that the series will compete on the street circuit.

"We will have very little time to learn and master the track," said Coloni, adding that at least all the teams would be tarting from the same clean sheet in terms of having no previous experience.

Coloni said that with only a single 30 minute practice session on the Friday to get them orientated for qualifying, having the right combination of drivers would be of vital importance in Singapore, and that was why retaining Filippi's services alongside those of the team's regular driver Fabio Onidi was so important.

"I'm confident that we will be on the pace straight out of the box and that we'll end the season on a high with both Luca and Fabio," he said.

Filippi returned to Filippi after spending much of 2012 in the US pursuing openings in the IZOD IndyCar Series which ultimately fell through. He replaced the team's former driver Stefano Coletti, who left Colon by mutual agreement after targets for the season weren't attained.

Coletti moved to Rapax for Monza and had one of his best weekends of the year there, claiming eighth position in the feature race that put him on pole position for the sprint race under the series' reverse grid rules. Coletti got a poor start in the Sunday race and just missed out on a podium position when he came home in fourth place when the chequered flag dropped.

It's not been officially confirmed yet whether Coletti will similarly return to action with Rapax in Singapore, although the driver posted on Twitter "Let's push for a podium finish in Singapore" after the finish of the Monza race.

Previous drivers for the Italian team have included Tom Dillmann and DaniƩl de Jong, although the latter is ruled out by his competing in the AutoGP World Series event in Sonoma, California the same weekend as the GP2 season finale.



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Stefano Coletti (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) at Spa. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
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2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident), celebrates on the podium with Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and 4. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) crosses the line to take the win. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), leads Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International), Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident), Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Sergey Sirotkin (RUS, Rapax) leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) Oliver Rowland (GBR, MP Motorsport) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Qualifying Press Conference. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 21 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 21 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 21 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.

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