De Silvestro chasing 2015 race-seat

Friday 14th February 2014

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De Silvestro chasing 2015 race-seat

De Silvestro chasing 2015 race-seat

Simona De Silvestro has joined the Sauber fold with the goal of securing her super licence and preparing for a 2015 race-seat.

De Silvestro made a name for herself over in America's IndyCar Series and was claimed the Indy 500 'Rookie of the Year' Award in 2010.

The first woman to secure a podium finish at a street race in IndyCar, the 25-year-old is now embarking on a career in F1.

The Sauber press release stated that "this year she is taking the next step in her career by joining a preparation programme with the Sauber F1 Team, with the goal to gain her super licence and prepare for a race seat in Formula One for 2015."

De Silvestro has welcomed the next step in her career saying: "This is a major step towards me achieving a life-long dream and I'm so happy to have the opportunity to take this step with such a great team.

"The Sauber F1 Team is a team with a legacy and the only Swiss team in Formula One, which I think makes this even more exciting.

"I can't thank Monisha Kaltenborn and Peter Sauber enough for their support and belief in my abilities and for giving me this chance. I'm thrilled to have this extremely unique platform on which to prepare myself to take on the challenge."

De Silvestro's new role at the team will see her included in track testing, simulator training, as well as mental and physical preparation for 2015.

"After four years in IndyCar, Simona's ambition is to enter Formula one in 2015," said team boss Monisha Kaltenborn.

"We regard her as a very talented race driver, and we, therefore, decided to take her on board as an "affiliated driver" and support her on her way to the pinnacle of motorsport."

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