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Filippi reveals his Formula (One) for Monza WTCC success

Filippi reveals his Formula (One) for Monza WTCC success

17/04/2017 06:00

John Filippi won’t be fazed about racing at Monza for the first time when the FIA World Touring Car Championship returns to the legendary parkland venue from 28-30 April.

Monza was absent from the WTCC schedule when Filippi joined the series in 2014 but it’s back on the calendar for this season with backing – and a free ticket incentive for fans – from the Corsican’s main sponsor, OSCARO.

While Filippi has never raced at Monza, he tested there last month and spent his youth watching several Italian Grands Prix on TV as well as attending a race in person.

“I know the track from the TV and the PlayStation but the [Official] test meant I could discover it for real,” said Filippi. “The first time I saw a grand prix was at Monza and I know all the names of all the corners from watching on TV and playing on PlayStation but it’s totally different when you drive there for real. You think the track is just some long straights with a few corners but it’s actually very technical and you have to be precise with your driving, braking, throttle, everything. You need to take care to have a good set-up because the tyre degradation could be a problem but we worked a lot during the two days of testing.”

Filippi is part of the three-strong Sébastien Loeb Racing in the WTCC and drives a Citroën C-Eylsée. To download a free ticket go to OSCARO.it.

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