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

GP2 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

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

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.

"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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