With a few days to reflect on her first Formula 1 outing last weekend at Ferrari's Fiorano test track in Italy, former IndyCar Series driver Simona de Silvestro says she's satisfied with the initial experienced gained in the 2012 Sauber-Ferrari C31.
"The test went really well, so I'm really, really happy about the two days," she told RACER. "It blew me away, actually.The car is just amazing. Whatever you want to do with the car, it does it. It's really impressive. You prepare yourself, thinking, OK, it's going to be a little bit faster, braking is going to be better and the high-speed is going to be better than the Indy car, but it's much, much better than anything than I've been used to. I'm having so much fun driving that car. It was unbelievable."
Coming off of four years spent in the IndyCar Series, de Silvestro and her management team chose to use 2014 as a season of F1 preparation with the Sauber F1 team. Fitness training, time spent on a simulator, track testing and the pursuit of an F1 Superlicense fill a busy calendar for the 25-year-old from Switzerland.
"As soon as I signed with the team we were talking about my preparation to get in the Formula 1 car," said de Silvestro, who launched the 'Clean Air Energy' awareness campaign last month with the goal of joining the F1 grid in 2015.
"Everything about it is different than I'm used to (continued)