Filippi Aims for F1 Spot in 2011

Former Honda tester and GP2 driver Luca Filippi is still aiming for a seat in Formula One next year. However, as the list of vacancies gets shorter by the day – the real spots left for a driving position are the ones at Hispania Racing F1 Team, if the squad survives the winter – chances for a place on the 2011 grid are becoming just as slim.

However, unlike many of his counterparts, Filippi is well aware of the fact that driving an F1 car next year may be out of the question, so he'd settle for a reserve role anytime.

I'm seriously working to find a place in F1, no matter if it's as a test driver. I already did that for Honda F1 in 2008, and I think that with what I've shown throughout my career I should be linked to an F1 team today,” said the Italian racer, according to Autosport.

You know, last year after finishing second in GP2 Asia a Formula 1 deal seemed really close for me, so I don't feel that I can already call it quits. Anyway I must also be realistic and to be fair I can't see that happening at the moment, too many things have to fall in place.

Filippi drove only a part-time programme in the GP2 Series in 2010, where he only scored 5 points for a 20th place in the overall classification. On the other hand however, he did a full season in the AutoGP series, were he ranked 5th overall and grabbed a couple of wins in the process. In fact, should he fail to secure a spot in F1 next year, the Italian plans to piggyback on his first AutoGP performances in 2011.

What I can say, is that if it won't be F1 then it will be Auto GP. I already have advanced talks with one of the teams, and we are very close to an agreement. In 2010 it was a really good championship, and now they have secured a TV coverage that no other feeder series have and a partnership with WTCC. I'm really looking forward to that,” he added.
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