Simona de Silvestro First Female Driver Confirmed For Second Season Formula E

AUG 26 2015 BY MARK KANE 2

Andretti Formula E

Andretti Formula E

Female drivers like Simona de Silvestro and Katherine Legge already had a chance to race a few Formula E rounds.

But the second season could be first in which we will see a full-time female driver, as Swiss racer Simona de Silvestro joined Indianapolis-based Andretti Formula E team.

On Simona’s shoulders rests the challenge to score first points for women or maybe even shine as a race winner.

Simona de Silvestro said:

“I’m happy to be joining the Andretti Formula E Team for this upcoming season. I’m really happy to be full time in the championship again and to work with both Amlin and TE Connectivity. I’m also looking forward to being part of developing the new Andretti Technologies powertrain and hope for a successful year with a great team.”

Team owner Michael Andretti added:

“I’m very pleased with the way season two is looking for Andretti Formula E. Simona did a great job at the London ePrix with very limited time to prepare, with a full season we are confident in her abilities to take the No. 28 Amlin Andretti car to the top of the podium.”

Career Highlights For de Silvestro

2015 – Returned to IndyCar series with Andretti Autosport.

2014 – Joined Sauber F1 team as affiliated driver.

2013 – Competed in IndyCar with KV Racing Technology finishing 13th in the standings.

2012 – Competed in IndyCar with HVM Racing finishing 24th in the standings.

2011 – Competed in IndyCar with HVM Racing finishing 20th in the standings.

2010 – Competed in IndyCar with HVM Racing finishing 19th in the standings.

2009 – Raced in Champ Car Atlantic series with 4 wins and 4 poles ending the year in 3rd.

2008 – Raced in Champ Car Atlantic series with 1 win ending the year in 8th.

2007 – Champ Car Atlantic series debut.

2006 – Joined Formula BMW USA ending year 4th in the standings with 1 win.

2005 – Formula Renault Italy debut.

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Cavaron
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Cavaron

I say yes to girl-E-power!

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Campisi

Sadly for Silvestro, Amlin Andretti had to switch back to the first-season Spark powertrain (joining the former Amlin Aguri team, amusingly enough) due to major issues with the Andretti Technologies drivetrain. After spending four of their six testing days chasing software gremlins, the team discovered numerous stress fractures in their carbon gearbox housings that were letting coolant seep into the motor.