Proponents of women in racing need look no further than Formula E. The nascent electric racing series has had a number of female drivers come and go from the grid this past season. But for the upcoming second season, one female racer will be a permanent fixture in the paddock.
That would be none other than Simona de Silvestro, who has signed a full-time contract to drive in the series for the Andretti Autosport team. The Swiss driver has been racing for the last several seasons in the IndyCar Series and served as a test driver for the Sauber F1 team last year. She drove the Formula E racer in a demonstration last year in Geneva, and returned to compete in the season-closing double-header in London late this past June, where she finished eleventh in the first race and thirteenth in the second.
Simona is one of three female drivers to have competed in Formula E this past season. She was joined by Italy's Michela Cerruti, who drove for the Trulli team in the opening four rounds, and by the UK's Katherine Legge, who drove for Amlin Aguri in the first two races. So far, however, de Silvestro remains the only female driver signed for next season. And with the opening round of the 2015-16 championship coming up in October, there are only four seats left up for grabs.