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Filippi joins Arden.


Luca Filippi will line up in new colours for this weekend's GP2 Series double-header at Hockenheim, having jumped ship from former champions ART Grand Prix to join rivals Trust Team Arden.

It is not often that drivers seek a release from the team that took both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to GP2 titles - and Formula One seats as a result - but Filippi's season has failed to live up to expectation on both sides, with the Italian struggling to match the performance of series rookie Romain Grosjean in the first half of the season.

Although neither team has yet confirmed the move, Filippi - who was tipped as a potential champion and future F1 driver after inking deals with ART and Honda respectively over the winter - is expected to replace Dutchman Yelmer Buurman in the Arden line-up, joining Sebastien Buemi as the Swiss driver makes a play for the GP2 crown.

While his own hopes of taking the title are now a distant memory, with just two scoring finishes in the ten races so far, Filippi is hoping that the move to Christian Horner's equipe will kick-start both his season and his hopes of making it to F1.

"For me, it is the beginning of a new championship," the Italian admitted, "I hope that this move works out and that I can both take the results that I believe I can achieve and repay Mr Horner's trust in me."

Filippi's switch is rumoured to be the first of many on the horizon in the second half of the season, as drivers and sponsors begin to feel the effects of the global 'credit crunch'.

Buurman's seat is understood to have become available due to sponsor pressures, while Filippi's place at ART is rumoured to be on offer to anyone with a suitable budget, with Asian drivers a particular target. Former Super Aguri F1 driver Sakon Yamamoto is the favourite to join Grosjean for the balance of the season.


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Luca Filippi - ART Grand Prix [pic credit: GP2 Series Media]
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) leads Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. The race starts as Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) crashes into Mitchell Gilbert (AUS, Carlin). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. The race starts as Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) crashes into Mitchell Gilbert (AUS, Carlin). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) leads Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) and the rest of the field at the restart. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win on the podium with Antonio Fuoco (ITA, Carlin) and Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Friday 19 June 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Friday 19 June 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 2. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 10 May 2015. Norman Nato (FRA, Arden International) leads Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 1. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 10 May 2015. Jann Mardenborough, (GBR, Carlin), battles with Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) and Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) at the start of the race. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 1. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 9 May 2015. Top Three - Race One. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident), Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.

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