The Andretti Formula E team have announced that the highly-rated Swiss racer, Simona de Silvestro, will drive the No. 28 car for them – alongside Jean Eric Vergne – at the London ePrix season finale on June 27th and 28th.
Simona will become the third female driver to take part in the Formula E championship, following Britain’s Katherine Legge and Italian Michaela Cerruti.
The Indycar podium finisher recently got the chance to get behind the wheel of a Formula E car at a demonstration run in Geneva which will have helped familiarise her with the very unique characteristics of the categories all electric vehicles.
Simona de Silvestro joined the single-seater ranks in 2005 competing in Formula Renault Italy. She then made the switch to Formula BMW in the US picking up a solitary victory and ending the year fourth in the standings.
She turned heads in the Champ Car Atlantic series and later in her debut season in IndyCar, matching the likes of Nigel Mansell, Jacques Villeneuve and Juan Pablo Montoya when she was named Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year in 2010. Further success followed as Silvestro became the first woman to claim a road course podium in 2013, when she crossed the line second in Houston.
But Silvestro’s focus was soon on making it in Formula 1 and in 2014 she linked up with Sauber, testing a two-year old car at Fiorano in April of that year. She has since returned to compete in IndyCar for the 2015 season.
As currently the only female driver announced to be taking part in the London ePrix, Simona de Silvestro could prove a very popular choice with the series #FanBoost mechanic. Be sure to follow the link over to the official FormulaE website and cast your vote!
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