Sauber to prepare De Silvestro for F1 seat

Simona De Silvestro has become an “affiliated driver” of Sauber, and the team says it plans to prepare her for a race seat in 2015.

The 25-year-old Swiss has been in the IndyCar series for the past four seasons.

Sauber explained “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. The programme will include on track testing, simulator training, as well as mental and physical preparation.”

Team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said: “After four years in IndyCar, Simona’s ambition is to enter Formula one in 2015. 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.”

De Silvestro added: “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.”

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4 responses to “Sauber to prepare De Silvestro for F1 seat

  1. proesterchen

    Excited for her and to see how she’ll do. Wondering how many cars Sauber is preparing to field in 2015, though.

  2. Steve

    Is there a sponsorship link to the team with this?

  3. Stone the Crows

    I’ve watched Indy car racing more and more the last few years since they went to the new chassis, and I have to say De Silvestro has shown herself to be a talented and competitive driver. She’s young enough to make some inroads into Formula One, I hope she gets an opportunity.

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