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Simona De Silvestro Interview: Preparing for a Formula 1 Race Seat with Sauber

MONTREAL — The first time I saw Simona de Silvestro was from the grandstands on the weekend of the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix. She was 17 years old, driving in Formula BMW, and in two races at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve she finished fourth (setting the fastest lap) and then third. The next time I saw the Swiss driver was earlier this month, again in Montreal. This time, we met in the paddock to discuss her new role as an affiliated driver for the Sauber Formula One team, as she inches closer to her goal of being the first woman since Lella Lombardi in 1976 to start an F1 race.* In between, De Silvestro raced in the Atlantic Championship and spent four seasons in IndyCar. Last year, she finished 13th in the overall standings, includi...

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