Luca Filippi is aiming for a Formula 1 test opportunityGP2 driver Luca Filippi is aiming for a promotion to Formula 1 in 2011, even if the role  is in a test driver capacity.

The 25-year-old Italian has been something of a fixture in the GP2 championship series since 2006 (picking up two wins), and achieved a best result of second place in the GP2 Asia championship in 2009.

Filippi has also had Formula 1 test driver outings with Minardi, Honda and Super Aguri.

“I’m seriously working to find a place in F1, no matter if it’s as a test driver,” he explained. “I think that with what I’ve shown throughout my career I should be linked to an F1 team today.

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,” he continued.

Filippi says he will remain in the feeder series in 2011 if no F1 opportunity materialises, having juggled drives in GP2 and Auto GP last season.

“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,” he added.

“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.”

[Original image via LAT]

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