Sauber appoints Simona De Silvestro to Affiliate Driver role 14 February, 2014 Simona De Silvestro with Monisha Kaltenborn Press Release: The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce that Simona De Silvestro will become an Affiliated Driver. The 25-year-old Swiss left for the US when she was just 18 to drive in the Formula BMW USA series in 2006 and the Atlantic Championship from 2007 to 2009. Over the past four years De Silvestro has been driving in the IndyCar Series. She won the prestigious Indy 500 “Rookie of the Year” Award in 2010 and became the first woman to earn a podium finish on a street circuit in IndyCar. This year she is taking the next step in her career by joining a preparation programme with the Sauber F1 Team, with the goal to gain her super licence and prepare for a race seat in Formula One for 2015. The programme will include on track testing, simulator training, as well as mental and physical preparation. Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal: “After four years in IndyCar, Simona’s ambition is to enter Formula one in 2015. 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.” Simona De Silvestro: “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. The Sauber F1 Team is a team with a legacy and the only Swiss team in Formula 1, 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.” Subbed by AJN. Related NewsSauber: Ferrari delivered slow power unit lateJordan advises friend Sauber to sell F1 teamWealthy industrialist backing de Silvestro – Sauber testSauber never considered quitting F1 or selling teamSirotkin: Maybe I’m not 100% ready, but I still have half a year to prepareSirotkin’s current boss says he is not ready for F1Marussia not upset that they lost out on Russian deal to SauberKaltenborn may face axe as Russian era arrives at SauberEcclestone troubles not good for F1 says KaltenbornRussian Sergey Sirotkin set to become youngest ever grand prix driver in 2014 Boycottthebull Tokenistic feminism from another Woman who doesnt deserve to be in F1 either. Just a publicity stunt as there are better female drivers out there more deserving. WilsonEddystone De Silvestro has managed to get herself in a position to be offered this opportunity. Let’s not hear any “bull” about who “deserves” to be where they already are. Give De Silvestro her shot, and she’ll rise or fall based on her performance.