- Full name Simona de Silvestro
- Nickname The Iron Maiden
- Birth date September 1, 1988
- Birthplace Thun, Switzerland
- Current age 26 years 248 days
Simona de Silvestro looks the most likely prospect to end F1's long wait for a female grand prix participant, which currently stretches back to Lella Lombardi at the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix.
The highly-rated Swiss turned heads in her debut season at Indycar, emulating 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 F1 and in 2014 she linked up with Sauber, testing a two-year old car at Fiorano in April of that year.
"I wish her well because she's definitely a talent to be reckoned with." Mario Andretti