MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Simona de Silvestro is a step closer to achieving her dream of competing in Formula One next year after a first day of in-car testing with Sauber.
The Swiss driver completed 112 laps in a two-year-old Sauber C31 at Ferrari's Fiorano Circuit in northern Italy.
De Silvestro says "I was not too nervous in the morning...But after completing the installation lap I realized that this was my first lap in a Formula One car, and that this was something really special."
The 25-year-old de Silvestro was confirmed as an affiliated driver with Sauber at the beginning of the year after four years in IndyCar. She earned her first career podium in October with a second-place finish at Houston. It was the first podium finish for a woman on a road course in IndyCar.
The plan is to complete enough testing this year to gain an FIA superlicense, allowing her to line up on the grid in 2015.