Simona de Silvestro will become the latest woman to get behind the wheel of an F1 car when she embarks on her first outing with the Sauber team this weekend.

The Swiss ace, who gave up a promising Indycar career to pursue the F1 opportunity, is scheduled for a run-out at Ferrari's test track at Fiorano after numerous days working in Sauber's simulator at Hinwil.

The test will be conducted in a 2012 Sauber, repainted in favour of de Silvestro's personal backers, notably Clean Air Energy, which supported her in the USA.

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The test is seen as the next step in qualifying de Silvestro for an F1 superlicence, a programme which ultimately will see her getting behind the wheel of a 2014 car later in the year.

While it has been a long time since a female driver attempted to qualify for a grand prix, Williams currently employs Susie Wolff as part of its development squad, and will run the Scot during FP1 at Silverstone later this year.