F1: de Silvestro In Line To Break Male Domination

Simona de Silvestro looks like being in with a shout of being the first woman to race in F1 for nearly forty years as speculation grows that she's in line for a race seat as Sauber, as early as next season.

Sauber's current pairing of Gutierrez and Sutil haven't set the F1 world on fire this season and with the team languishing in tenth place in the constructor's championship the arrival of de Silvestro could be the spark the team needs - both in a sporting and financial sense.

Unlike Suzie Wolff, who appears to have her test drive on the basis of her husband's relationship with Williams (Mercedes F1 Team Boss Toto Wolff) rather than her distinctly below average race record, de Silvestro has a proven track record - including Indy 500 rookie of the year (2010) and a podium finish at the Houston race last year.

Sauber can only benefit from the exposure running de Silvestro would bring and following on from her test drive for the team back in the Spring it can only be hoped that she gets a chance to perform in FP1 at least once in the second half of this season.

Then she can be judged purely on her merits as a driver, which ultimately is what any racer wants when they get behind the wheel of a racing car.

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