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Sauber names De Silvestro ‘affiliated driver’ for 2014

Simona De Silvestro will carry out track testing as an "affiliated driver" for Sauber this year with the aim of securing a race seat in 2015
Sauber has named Simona De Silvestro as an “affiliated driver” in an attempt to help her race in F1.

De Silvestro has been racing in IndyCar for the last four years, with a best finish of second place in Houston last year. As part of the deal, she will carry out some track testing with the aim of securing a super licence in time for the 2015 season. Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn admitted the decision to sign De Silvestro was linked to helping her progress in to a future race seat in F1.

“After four years in IndyCar, Simona's ambition is to enter Formula One in 2015,” Kaltenborn said. “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 described herself as “thrilled” to be able to work with Sauber to prepare herself for a potential move.

“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,” De Silvestro said. “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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14.11.2013- Simona De Silvestro (SUI), IndyCar driver and Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), CEO and Team Principal, Sauber F1 Team
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February 14, 2014 1:42 PM

Rob the cars are spec yes, but there is a big difference in the teams, the best teams can afford the best equipment, fresher engines and best engineers, it makes a big difference when you can't get your car setup as good as the next guy.


February 14, 2014 2:46 PM

Interesting deal, definitely. Her nationality won't hurt her either... But I think she's shown she can cut it with the boys, though whether she's actually good enough for F1 is a whole other matter. She was good in FBMW and Lights, and has been doing well enough if perhaps not being quite spectacular in Indycar. Midfield performances in a midfield team, pretty much, but with a touch of brilliance here and there. And it is quite possible that an F1 car will actually suit her better than the Indycar. Also, pace aside, she's shown to be a mature and steady hand, and I was very much impressed with her work ethic a few years ago, keeping her head down and doing her best without whining despite being the only driver using the utterly hopeless "Lotus" engine. Anyway, it'll be tough for sure and realistically she probably has the odds against her, but I would absolutely love to see her doing well in F1!

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