De Sil­ve­stro’s F1 dream scup­pered by bud­get

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A lack of fund­ing means that Swiss driver Si­mona De Sil­ve­stro will not race for Sauber next year in spite of her promis­ing test form

Si­mona De Sil­ve­stro’s hopes of be­com­ing the rst woman to race in For­mula 1 for nearly 40 years have been dashed after she failed to raise the money re­quired to se­cure a drive at Sauber. The Swiss team were plan­ning to make a seat avail­able for 26-year-old De Sil­ve­stro for 2015, but they have an­nounced that the deal has now col­lapsed. Fur­ther­more, the 90-day pe­riod fol­low­ing De Sil­ve­stro’s last test, dur­ing which she could have ap­plied for a su­per­li­cence, has now passed.

Team prin­ci­pal Mon­isha Kal­tenborn said: “The driv­ing pro­gramme with her will not con­tinue due to nan­cial rea­sons on her side. We are very sad about that be­cause ev­ery­one who works at Sauber re­ally en­joyed work­ing with her, and you see the tal­ent she has and the op­por­tu­ni­ties she can bring along for her­self, the team and even the sport.

“She could t very well into For­mula 1. Now we have to wait and see what we can do. We will eval­u­ate dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties with her and see where we go from here.”

De Sil­ve­stro had par­tic­i­pated in two tests for Sauber this sea­son: one at Fer­rari’s Fio­rano test track and another at Va­len­cia’s Ricardo Tormo cir­cuit. There had also been a pos­si­bil­ity of her driv­ing in free prac­tice for the US GP at Austin.

The break­down of her re­la­tion­ship with Sauber means the team will most likely stick with the same driver line-up in 2015. Adrian Su­til says he has a rm con­tract and Mex­i­can Este­ban Gu­tiér­rez’s po­si­tion is strength­ened due to the re­turn of his coun­try’s home race next sea­son.

De Sil­ve­stro test­ing in the 2012 Sauber C31 at Va­len­cia’s Ricardo Tormo cir­cuit (be­low) in June

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