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Luca Filippi says he rejected offers to race in GP2 in 2013

Luca FilippiGP2 veteran Luca Filippi has revealed he rejected offers to race in the Formula 1 feeder series this year in a pursuit of factory deals in DTM and international GT racing.

The Italian turned his back on GP2 after finishing runner-up in the championship in 2011, only to make a winning return at the end of last year with outgoing team Coloni Motorsport.

"I had offers in GP2 this year, which I honestly refused," Filippi told AUTOSPORT.

"Like in every business, there's a moment when you want to step up. I gained a lot from GP2 and I am very thankful to them.

"If I could choose, I would race in GP2 all my life, as the car was so entertaining.

"From my career point of view, though, I think I did well in 2011 and I did well when I had the chance last year, now is the time to change."

A bid to land a race seat in DTM with BMW this year was scuppered when Timo Glock made a sudden switch to the series from Formula 1, landing a seat with BMW's new MTEK team.

"I have nothing to complain about, " said Filippi. "Obviously, Timo is a high-profile driver, DTM is a German-based series and he had links to DHL.

"It's just a shame that there are not many places around for drivers, so we have to share."

Filippi also missed out on a Ferrari GT drive, where he was passed up in favour of another ex-grand prix driver, Sauber refugee Kamui Kobayashi.

"After I tested for Ferrari, which is no secret, the same thing happened," Filippi said.

Luca Filippi"Kamui is a very good driver, maybe it will take a bit of time to improve his GTE racing experience, but he will do a good job.

"My test went very well and the door's not really shut as I am still working on something with them.

"I am still in good relationships with [BMW and Ferrari] and what I am pleased about is that there are some factories interested in me."

LUCA FILIPPI'S GP2 CV*

Debut: 2006
Starts: 132
Wins: 7
Poles: 4
Fastest laps: 8
Podiums: 20
Championship best: 2nd (GP2 2011, GP2 Asia 2009)

*Stats include Filippi's 22 races in GP2 Asia

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