Simona de Silvestro will return to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship after signing for the Venturi team as its official test driver, e-racing365 can reveal.
De Silvestro will make her testing debut for the Monegasque team in Riyadh next month.
She is set to attend some races as part of her new role and has already conducted several simulator sessions at Venturi’s Monaco base ahead of the test which takes place the day after the Ad Diriyah E-Prix.
“I met with Susie [Wolff] at the Zurich E-Prix and I have always been interested to see how the series has developed since I stopped racing in it,” De Silvestro told e-racing365.
“I’m really grateful to Susie and Gildo [Pastor] for this opportunity to be test driver and it’s super cool to be part of it all in Formula E again.
“I’ll be involved as much as I can be on simulator work and helping the team throughout the year but I am committed to my Supercar program in Australia.”
De Silvestro competed in 12 Formula E races with Andretti in 2015-16.
The 30 year-old scored points on two occasions, peaking with a ninth placed finish at both the Long Beach and Berlin races in Season Two.
She will compete in the last Supercars race of the season this weekend in Newcastle for Nissan before returning to Venturi’s Monaco base for further preparation ahead of travelling to Riyadh.
“The engineers have a lot of things to try so I will come back to Europe and be in the simulator before Riyadh so there will be some important work to carry out,” she said.
Ad Diriyah Test Entry List Imminent
The full entry list for the Ad Diriyah test will be released by the FIA this week with the majority of teams believed to have nominated a female driver.
The in-season test will see several female racers be given the opportunity for full day tests alongside one of the teams’ regular drivers.
As revealed by e-racing last week, Tatiana Calderon is expected to be confirmed with DS Techeetah, while Emirati driver Amna Al Qubaisi, Carmen Jorda, Katherine Legge, Beitske Visser and Jamie Chadwick are also known to be likely runners.
None of the drivers will get any track running time ahead of the Ad Diriyah test as all 22 race cars are being freighted to Saudi Arabia this week.