De Silvestro's F1 future in doubt

By on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Simona de Silvestro's prospects of joining the Formula 1 grid in 2015 have been hit by a setback after Sauber confirmed that 'financial reasons on her side' have ended her testing deal.

De Silvestro joined Sauber as an 'affiliated driver' at the start of the year and tested for the squad during two private sessions when she piloted a Sauber C31 at Fiorano and Valencia.

Former IndyCar racer De Silvestro had been scheduled to participate in the first practice session for the United States Grand Prix in Austin later this month but that has now been abandoned.

"Simona's driving programme is not being continued due to financial reasons on her side," said a Sauber spokesman.

"Everybody in the team who worked with her during the last six months is very disappointed it came to this point, because they liked working with her.

"We are now looking at other possibilities for Simona to continue working with the team, but that will take time."

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