De Silvestro’s F1 dream scuppered by budget
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