The tail end of the article mentioned Filippi in the hunt for Rahal Letterman Lanigan's second drive alongside Takuma Sato, but that if Filippi couldn't land it, then Fisher could wind up with RLL's Honda engine. The story ended like this:
"As it stands right now, the popular Indy car loyalist [Fisher] whose team was the feel good story of 2011 and hired a young American star for 2012 [Newgarden] may get to play if some Italian [Filippi] none of us have ever seen can’t write a check. What a show of appreciation. What a travesty. What a sad a-- way to do business."
Well, after that flourish, you could consider my interest piqued. After all, how many people read Miller's piece and instantly decided that Filippi was yet another sub-standard European driver with a fat wallet? Not exactly a great first impression for the Italian, and he had nothing to do with it!
So let's take a look at Filippi's body of work and see if there's some good potential there. Filippi has raced the last five seasons in Formula One's main feeder league: The GP2 series. He holds the most starts ever in GP2 with 107 and has come away with five race wins.
In addition, he comes off a second place showing in last year's GP2 title race, winning events at the Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps and Monza along the way; the guy he lost the title to, French racer Romain Grosjean, is now with Lotus' F1 operation. Filippi has also earned F1 tests with the former Honda and Super Aguri teams in his career.
He may no longer be on the Grand Prix radar, but as you can see, Filippi isn't the least talented young driver to ever cross the pond. The anger over Fisher and Newgarden's predicament may be justified, but it seems rather pointless (at least to me) to castigate him over the matter before he's even turned a wheel. Besides, we don't even know if he'll get the chance to do that in IndyCar yet.
In any case, Filippi was present on Monday at Barber Motorsports Park, where all five Honda squads (including RLL) began their two-day test session. Chevrolet-powered drivers Helio Castroneves and Will Power of Team Penske are also testing at the Alabama road course.
The Birmingham News has a story and photo gallery from the first day of action.
Jockaficka you see from what you say you do not follow the gp2 and know little of it. I remember that after a full year of gp2 Filippi had been taken in the Honda F1 team, which unfortunately went bankrupt a year later, going fastest in testing of official driver Takuma Sato. In F1 there you go unless you have a lot of money (more than in IndyCar) and Luca remained in gp2 was difficult even with poor teams always going faster than its peers. Watch the latest GP2 races in 2011 when he ran for the Coloni team and read the results. In 2011 it also came second in the championship AutoGP. while skipping two races to coincide with the gp2. Zanardi should be taught, before indycar had never won anything in the USA and no one knew who he was. Educating yourself before you write. thanks Excuse my English, I translated with the translator.
filippi is one of the most untalented driver in gp2. Other drivers spend only one or two years in gp2, but he is there since 5 years. He is a looser.