Sauber’s Simona de Silvestro believes she is ready to step up to a full-time drive in Formula 1 in 2015, if given the opportunity.
The Swiss racer, who became the first female to finish on the podium in the unified IndyCar series at Hosuton last year, has tested Sauber’s 2012 car – the C31 – a number of times already this season, and says she is now ready to become the first women to start a Formula 1 race since Lella Lombardi in 1976.
“If I do everything right, there’s a good chance [of a seat],” Silvestro told F1 Racing.
“I feel that now is the time, I wouldn’t have made this jump if it didn’t feel right or it wasn’t a good opportunity. That’s why it felt normal to go to Fiorano, I didn’t feel super crazy nervous.
“For me, it’s been really important to focus on the racing part, because at the end of the day that’s what people are going to judge you on, whether you’re a boy or a girl.
“The most important thing is that when we put on our helmets, we are all the same. We are racing drivers and we try to do the best job that we can in a race car. That’s always been my aim.”
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