Already altered by injuries to Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Pla, the GP2 Series grid will also feature a couple more unfamiliar combinations when it rolls out for practice at Silverstone on Friday morning.

The main casualty in the reshuffle is iSport's Tristan Gommendy, who drops out of the series altogether. The Frenchman is replaced at iSport International by Germany's Timo Glock, who moves over from BCN Competicion, while FMS International refugee Luca Filippi returns to the series at Enrique Scalabroni's squad.

While Gommendy is maintaining that his absence is injury-related, the World Series convert reporting a sore back after his first lap shunt in Monaco, the situation would appear to be more long-term, as much from Glock's decision to give up his BCN ride as anything else. Although Filippi's re-appearance could conceivably be a one-off, having missed the last couple of rounds after falling out with FMS, the German switching camps is more of a 'career decision'.

Gommendy's injury, if it is such, mirrors that of countryman Lapierre, who will miss Silverstone and the mid-season test at Paul Ricard, after compressing vertebrae in his back after a heavy landing at Ste Devote. The Arden International pilot is replaced by former Racing Engineering driver, now Toro Rosso F1 tester, Neel Jani this weekend.

Gommendy's absence also depletes the French contingent, leaving just Alex Premat and Franck Perera from an original line-up of five drivers. Although Lapierre and Pla are both expected to return - the DPR Direxiv driver replaced by Mike Conway this weekend after discovering his sore hand was actually a broken wrist after Monaco - it remains to be seen whether the field regains its previous Gallic flavour.

 

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