Luca Filippi

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Luca Filippi
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1985-08-09) 9 August 1985 (age 29)
Savigliano (Italy)
2014 GP2 Series
Debut season 2006
Current team Scuderia Coloni
Car no. 14
Former teams BCN Competición, Super Nova Racing, ART Grand Prix, Arden International
Starts 111
Wins 6
Poles 3
Fastest laps 9
Best finish 2nd in 2011
Previous series
20082011
2008
2006
2005, 200708
200410
2003–04
2003–04
2003
2003
GP2 Asia Series
International GT Open
Renault Eurocup
Formula One testing
Euro/Italian F3000/Auto GP
FR2000 Eurocup
Formula Renault 2000 Italia
Formula Renault 2000 UK
FR2000 UK Winter Series
Championship titles
2005 Italian F3000

Luca Filippi (born 9 August 1985 in Savigliano, Italy) is a racing driver who competes in single seaters in Europe.

Career[edit]

Formula Renault[edit]

Filippi made the step out of karting in 2003, competing in Formula Renault 2.0 Italia, where he finished third in 2004 behind Pastor Maldonado and Kohei Hirate.

Formula 3000[edit]

Filippi stepped up to the Italian Formula 3000 series in 2005, driving for Giancarlo Fisichella's Fisichella Motorsport team. He also made his Formula One test debut in 2005 with Minardi in the team's last ever test.

GP2 Series[edit]

Fisichella joined forces with the Coloni Motorsport GP2 Series team in 2006, and Filippi was selected as a driver for the team. However, he switched to the BCN Competición team mid-way through the season.

In 2007, he continued in GP2 with Super Nova Racing and emerged as one of the series' top performers, finishing the season in fourth position.

On 14 November 2007 Filippi tested for Honda Racing F1.[1] On 6 December Filippi tested for Super Aguri F1, being even faster than regular race driver Takuma Sato.[citation needed]

For the inaugural GP2 Asia Series season in early 2008, Filippi raced for Team Meritus, a Malaysian team who entered the series due to regular series team Racing Engineering not competing in the winter series. He only managed to score four points in ten races, finishing in 17th place.

Filippi driving for ART Grand Prix at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series season.
Filippi driving for Arden International at the Valencia round of the 2008 GP2 Series season.
Filippi driving for Super Nova at the Catalunya round of the 2009 GP2 Series season.

Filippi drove for the ART Grand Prix team in the first half of the 2008 GP2 Series season, alongside Romain Grosjean.[2] Following a disappointing first half of the season, Luca left the team in favour of Sakon Yamamoto after ten races.[3] Filippi was confirmed as a driver at the Arden International team two days later, where he replaced Yelmer Buurman.[4] His results failed to improve and he finished nineteenth in the championship.

Filippi returned to BCN Competición for the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season, but was replaced by Fabrizio Crestani as a result of the team's purchase after the first round of the season.[5]

For the 2009 GP2 Series season, he returned to the Super Nova team, and took the final win of the season at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. His result promoted him up to fifth overall in the championship standings.

Filippi returned to Team Meritus for the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series season, and finished as runner-up in the championship standings, taking Meritus' first victory in the series in Bahrain.

Filippi began the 2010 GP2 Series season without a drive, but returned to Super Nova mid-season to replace the injured Josef Král. He took five points from ten races, before Král returned for the season finale, finishing twentieth in the championship. During this period, Filippi became the most experienced GP2 driver in the series' history, beating Javier Villa's record of 82 race entries.

Filippi was drafted into the Scuderia Coloni team for the second round of the 2011 GP2 Asia Series season after regular driver James Jakes opted to move to the United States in order to pursue a career in the IndyCar Series. He returned once again to Super Nova for the main series, alongside Fairuz Fauzy. After five rounds of the championship, he switched back to Coloni, replacing Kevin Ceccon.[6] He immediately registered an improvement in form, winning his first race for the team at the Nürburgring, which also marked his 100th race in the series.[7] He also won the Spa-Francorchamps sprint race and the Monza feature race, propelling him to a career-best second place in the drivers' championship.

After almost a year away from GP2, Filippi was again called up by Coloni as a replacement for Stefano Coletti for his home race of the 2012 championship at Monza.[8] Despite his absence from the series, he won the feature race. He also secured pole position for the following (and final) round of the championship in Singapore, but crashed heavily during the feature race, damaging his car beyond immediate repair and thus non-starting the sprint race. Nevertheless, he still finished 16th in the drivers' championship despite contesting only four of the series' 24 races.

Auto GP[edit]

Filippi contested in the 2010 Auto GP season, where he finished 5th in the drivers' standings with 2 victories topping and tailing the season with the 1st race at Brno and the last race at Monza. He returned to the series the following year, taking one pole position, three fastest laps, one win and five further podiums, finishing as runner-up to Kevin Ceccon by only 3 points despite having missed two races.

IndyCar[edit]

On 6 March 2012, it was announced that Filippi would join Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the IndyCar series from the Indy 500 onwards. He would have partnered ex-Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato;[9] despite this, he didn't take part in the Indy 500 nor in the following races. He did compete in some races in 2013, for Herta Motorsport.

Career history[edit]

Racing record[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Podiums Points Position
2005 Italian Formula 3000 Fisichella Motor Sport 8 4 4 6 65 1st
2006 GP2 Series Fisichella Motor Sport 6 0 0 0 2 19th
BCN Competición 12 0 0 0 5
2007 GP2 Series Super Nova Racing 21 2 1 6 59 4th
2008 Formula One Honda Test driver
GP2 Asia Series Qi-Meritus Mahara 10 0 0 0 4 17th
GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 10 0 0 1 5 19th
Arden International 10 0 0 0 1
2009 GP2 Asia Series BCN Competición 2 0 0 0 0 NC
GP2 Series Super Nova Racing 21 1 0 4 40 5th
2010 GP2 Asia Series MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com 8 1 1 3 39 2nd
GP2 Series Super Nova Racing 10 1 0 0 5 20th
Auto GP Euronova Racing 10 2 1 3 34 5th
2011 GP2 Asia Series Scuderia Coloni 2 0 0 0 0 20th
GP2 Series Super Nova Racing 10 0 0 1 9 2nd
Scuderia Coloni 8 0 3 4 45
Auto GP Super Nova Racing 12 1 1 6 127 2nd
2012 GP2 Series Scuderia Coloni 4 1 1 1 29 16th
2013 IndyCar Series Barracuda Racing 4 0 0 0 53 30th
2014 IndyCar Series Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 4 0 0 0 46 28th

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2006 FMS International VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
SMR
FEA

11
SMR
SPR

5
EUR
FEA

Ret
EUR
SPR

Ret
ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA
19th 7
BCN Competición GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

9
FRA
FEA

Ret
FRA
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

21
GER
SPR

16
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

10
TUR
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

4
ITA
SPR

7
2007 Super Nova Racing BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

3
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

11
MON
FEA

4
FRA
FEA

4
FRA
SPR

2
GBR
FEA

5
GBR
SPR

7
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

16
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

7
ITA
FEA

2
ITA
SPR

2
BEL
FEA

2
BEL
SPR

7
VAL
FEA

18
VAL
SPR

6
4th 59
2008 ART Grand Prix ESP
FEA

11
ESP
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

16
TUR
SPR

14
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

12
FRA
FEA

10
FRA
SPR

3
GBR
FEA

8
GBR
SPR

Ret
19th 6
Arden International GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

15
HUN
SPR

NC
EUR
FEA

8
EUR
SPR

13
BEL
FEA

19
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

Ret
2009 Super Nova Racing ESP
FEA

4
ESP
SPR

7
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

NC
TUR
FEA

2
TUR
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

14
GBR
SPR

16
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

18
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

2
VAL
FEA

7
VAL
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

Ret
POR
FEA

2
POR
SPR

1
5th 40
2010 Super Nova Racing ESP
FEA

ESP
SPR

MON
FEA

MON
SPR

TUR
FEA

TUR
SPR

VAL
FEA

VAL
SPR

GBR
FEA

20
GBR
SPR

9
GER
FEA

10
GER
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

14
HUN
SPR

6
BEL
FEA

5
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

14
ABU
FEA

ABU
SPR

20th 5
2011 Super Nova Racing TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

14
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

3
MON
SPR

4
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

15
GBR
FEA

13
GBR
SPR

12
2nd 54
Scuderia Coloni GER
FEA

1
GER
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

4
BEL
SPR

1
ITA
FEA

1
ITA
SPR

5
2012 Scuderia Coloni MYS
FEA

MYS
SPR

BHR1
FEA

BHR1
SPR

BHR2
FEA

BHR2
SPR

ESP
FEA

ESP
SPR

MON
FEA

MON
SPR

VAL
FEA

VAL
SPR

GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

GER
FEA

GER
SPR

HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

BEL
FEA

BEL
SPR

ITA
FEA

1
ITA
SPR

22
SGP
FEA

Ret
SGP
SPR

DNS
16th 29

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008 Qi-Meritus Mahara DUB1
FEA

5
DUB1
SPR

Ret
IDN
FEA

DSQ
IDN
SPR

21
MYS
FEA

Ret
MYS
SPR

Ret
BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

11
DUB2
FEA

12
DUB2
SPR

Ret
17th 4
2008–09 BCN Competición CHN
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

Ret
DUB
FEA

DUB
SPR

BHR1
FEA

BHR1
SPR

QAT
FEA

QAT
SPR

MYS
FEA

MYS
SPR

BHR2
FEA

BHR2
SPR

NC 0
2009–10 MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com ABU1
FEA

2
ABU1
SPR

8
ABU2
FEA

14
ABU2
SPR

17
BHR1
FEA

2
BHR1
SPR

18
BHR2
FEA

1
BHR2
SPR

8
2nd 29
2011 Scuderia Coloni ABU
FEA

ABU
SPR

ITA
FEA

20
ITA
SPR

10
20th 0

Complete Auto GP results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Points
2010 Euronova Racing BRN
1

1
BRN
2

13
IMO
1

12
IMO
2

Ret
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

5
MAG
1

MAG
2

5th 34
Super Nova Racing NAV
1

7
NAV
2

Ret
MNZ
1

7
MNZ
2

1
2011 Super Nova Racing MNZ
1

2
MNZ
2

6
HUN
1

11
HUN
2

2
BRN
1

1
BRN
2

3
DON
1

2
DON
2

5
OSC
1

OSC
2

VAL
1

12
VAL
2

7
MUG
1

2
MUG
2

4
2nd 127

IndyCar Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2013 Barracuda Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP
ALA
LBH
SAO
INDY
DET
DET
TXS
MIL
IOW
POC
TOR
TOR
MDO
16
SNM
BAL
22
HOU
10
HOU
19
FON
30th 53
2014 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP LBH ALA IMS INDY DET DET TXS HOU
21
HOU
15
POC IOW TOR
22
TOR
16
MDO MIL SNM FON 28th 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Schumi still on top". ITV-F1.com. 2007-11-14. 
  2. ^ "Filippi confirmed at ART for 2008". autosport.com. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  3. ^ "ART replace Filippi with Yamamoto". autosport.com. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  4. ^ "Filippi replaces Buurman at Arden". autosport.com. 2008-07-17. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Ocean sign Crestani as second driver". autosport.com. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  6. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (2011-07-20). "Luca Filippi switches from Super Nova to Coloni for Nurburgring GP2 round". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  7. ^ Freeman, Glenn (2011-07-23). "Luca Filippi celebrated his 100th GP2 Series start with a win at the Nurburgring". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  8. ^ Strang, Simon (2012-09-05). "Luca Filippi rejoins Coloni for Monza GP2 round". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  9. ^ "Luca Filippi joins Bobby Rahal's team". ESPN. March 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nicky Pastorelli
Italian Formula 3000 champion
2005
Succeeded by
Giacomo Ricci