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.