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Simona de Silvestro signed as Venturi Formula E test driver

Ex-Formula E racer Simona de Silvestro has been signed as the test driver for Venturi for the 2018/19 season.

De Silvestro completed a year in FE with Andretti during the 2015/16 campaign in which she scored a best finish of ninth at the Long Beach and Berlin races, becoming the first female points scorer in the series.

Her testing role, largely focused around simulator work, will be in addition to her Australian Supercar duties with Nissan.

“I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for Venturi Formula E Team and I’m grateful to Susie and Gildo for the opportunity,” she said.

“Since competing in Season 2, I’ve kept a close eye on the Formula E championship and followed its development with interest. The arrival of the new Gen2 car represents a huge milestone for the series and I am very happy to be back in an active role at this exciting and important time.

“I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Gen2 and to putting my experience to good use helping Venturi Formula E Team with track testing and simulator work.

“The next 12 months will be really busy for me with both Formula E and my Australian Supercars commitments but I’m ready for the challenge and it’s a joy to be working with such a well-connected and committed team as Venturi.”

De Silvestro will make her first on-track appearance with the team at the post-race test following the opening round of the season in Ad Diriyah on December 16.

“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,” said Venturi team principal Susie Wolff.

“Her background and experience will stand her in great stead in her new role and I know she will be a huge asset.

“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.”

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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