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Coloni confirms Filippi for Singapore finale
13 September 2012
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 Daniél 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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