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Simona de Silvestro believes she is now ready to make the step up to F1.
The former IndyCar racer signed up as an affiliated driver with the Swiss team earlier this year. She was aiming high, with hopes of moving up to a race seat in 2015.
She has already done one test for the team in April, completing 112 laps of the Italian Fiorano circuit in a two-year-old Sauber C31.
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Speaking to F1 Racing magazine (h/t ESPN), de Silvestro said:
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.
But she may have some competition. Felipe Nasr is also eyeing a drive at the Swiss team.
The Brazilian is currently employed by Williams as their official test and reserve driver and lies second in the 2014 GP2 championship with three wins. After three years in the series, he's looking at stepping up to an F1 race seat in 2015.
Nasr told Brazil's Sportv (h/t Autoweek):
Conversations have begun already. My management is looking around. Force India is difficult, but I think Sauber is possible.
It's hard to get a place at Williams because the two drivers have done a good job and the team will not want to change that. I will keep up with all of the teams and see what happens.
Despite his apparent talent and good track record, any deal would be dependent on Nasr's primary sponsor, Banco do Brasil, making a substantial contribution.