There was a 24-hour period in the middle of July when Luca Filippi was sat on 99 GP2 Series starts, yet didn't have a drive for what was supposed to be his 100th.
The veteran Italian had been moved aside by Super Nova Racing for the Nurburgring weekend at the request of an incoming sponsor, a possibility he had been aware of since before the season started. But the timing was cruel. Just as he was about to become GP2's first centurion, he was back on the sidelines.
So how, less than three months later, did a man who was languishing down in 13th in the championship in mid-July, manage to end up collecting the runner-up trophy at the end-of-season party at Monza?
The answer to that begins in mid-2010, when Italian team Scuderia Coloni was nearly brought to its knees. Its driver line-up of Alberto Valerio and Vladimir Arabadzhiev was not paying its way, leaving the team-owning family to foot the bill itself and try to rake back some of the missing cash by offering short-term deals to other drivers at the end of the season.
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