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Simona De Silvestro wins WWCOTY Lady of Value award | Autocar India

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Nicknamed ‘Iron Maiden’, De Silvestro has raced in a number of sequence together with IndyCar, Formulation E and even the Australian Supercars Championship.

The Ladies’s World Automobile of the 12 months (WWCOTY) panel has voted for racer Simona De Silvestro because the winner of this yr’s Lady of Value award. With years of racing expertise underneath her belt, the Swiss-Italian driver has constructed a powerful motorsport portfolio masking IndyCar, Formulation E and even F1.

  • De Silvestro made her IndyCar return earlier this yr
  • First full-time feminine driver in Australian Supercars Championship

Simona De Silvestro: racing profession

After her preliminary success within the European single-seater scene, De Silvestro began racing within the USA with outings in Formulation BMW and Formulation Toyota Atlantic. She then graduated to IndyCar and was topped Rookie of the 12 months on the 2010 Indy 500. A severe accident throughout apply for the 2011 Indy 500 left her with burns on each fingers. However she nonetheless managed to qualify for the race utilizing her backup automobile, incomes her the nickname ‘Iron Maiden’.

In 2014, Sauber signed De Silvestro as an affiliated driver with a number of take a look at outings, nevertheless, the deal was known as off following a contractual dispute. She then moved to Formulation E, driving for Andretti Autosport within the 2015-2016 season.

De Silvestro joined the Australian Supercars Championship in 2017, changing into the primary full-time feminine driver within the sequence. She’s additionally one in all simply 31 ladies to have competed within the Bathurst 1000. In 2019, she turned a Porsche works GT driver and earlier this yr, the 34-year-old returned to IndyCar for a three-race outing with Ed Carpenter Racing.

WWCOTY awards

The Ladies’s World Automobile of the 12 months is the one automobile awards group on the earth composed completely of girls automotive journalists. The jury contains Autocar India’s very personal Renuka Kirpalani (Govt Editor – Video).

Earlier this yr, the Peugeot 308 was named the 2022 Ladies’s World Automobile of the 12 months. Together with awarding the very best vehicles, WWCOTY organisers say their purpose can be “to present visibility to ladies within the automotive world, to contribute to creating ladies’s voices heard on all continents as a result of mobility for a girl means entry to many private {and professional} potentialities.”

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