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GP Week : Issue 15
F1 NEWS >> LUCA Filippi has set the pace at the traditionally vital mid-season GP2 test at Circuit Paul Ricard. The mid-season test is the sole opportunity for the GP2 teams to conduct extended evaluation work on their cars and, with no other tests until the end of the season and only half an hour of practice time at each race, has traditionally become seen as one of the most important events of the GP2 season. Following a hugely disappointing start to the 2008 season, it is Luca Filippi who has the most to smile about following the two day test in the south of France. The Italian was praying the test would form a turning point in his season, and with a 1:09.934, the overall fastest time of the test, he will be hoping that his fortunes have finally turned a corner for the better. He was followed in the overall standings by iSport International’s Bruno Senna on a 1:10.054 with the Italian’s ART Grand Prix team- mate Romain Grosjean third on a 1:10.060. Fourth and fifth overall were the new Campos team-mates Vitaly Petrov and Lucas di Grassi, as the Brazilian looked impressive on his first run back in the series. The series returns to racing action this weekend at Magny Cours, for rounds seven and eight of the 2008 championship. Filippi flies at important test LAST year’s GP2 Series runner up and current Renault F1 tester Lucas di Grassi will make a surprise return to GP2 in Magny-Cours, racing in place of fellow RDD driver Ben Hanley at Campos Grand Prix. Hanley had failed to impress in his half season of GP2 racing, and di Grassi has been drafted in to replace the Briton for the remainder of the season. The Brazilian made his bow for the Spanish team at last week’s all-important mid-season GP2 test at Circuit Paul Ricard, and has been tasked with turning around the fortunes of the team, who many expected to be challenging for wins after finishing third in the team’s championship in 2007. Another new face in Magny Cours will be BMW F1 tester Marko Asmer. The Estonian will step into the seat held by Adam Carroll at FMS in Turkey and Monaco, for what is expected to be the remainder of the year. He, too, made his debut with the team at the Ricard test. Look who’s back di Grassi back to GP2 for France 10