The Venturi Formula E team announced on Tuesday that they have signed former IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro as their official test driver for the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E season.
Silvestro competed in the final round of the opening season of the all electric series with Andretti Autosport in 2014.
The Swiss driver will join Venturi’s race drivers, Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara and will drive the car for the first time following the opening event of the season, the Ad Diraiyah ePrix. Speaking about the news, De Silvestro said:
I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team and I’m grateful to Susie [Wolff, team principal] and Gildo [Pastor, Venturi president] for the opportunity,”
Venturi Team Principal Susie Wolff commented on the news saying:
We’re really looking forward to welcoming Simona on board, in her role as test driver she has an important part to play in our race preparations.
“Her background and experience will stand her in great stead in her new role and I know she will be a huge asset.
Wolff went on to say:
Simona is a real team player and a driver I was keen to work with. She has a very positive attitude and no-nonsense approach to her work which will fit in well with the team.