Supercars Championship driver Simona de Silvestro will join the Porsche Formula E squad as one of its test and development drivers ahead of the carmaker’s debut in the all-electric championship.
The 31-year-old Swiss driver becomes the first female racing driver to score a factory role with Porsche in its history.
“It is a great honour to work for this prestigious brand,” she said.
“I am really looking forward to my new role as test and development driver for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.
“Over the last few years, I have gained a lot of experience from my previous involvements in Formula E. I will do my best to help Porsche on the road to success.”
De Silvestro previously raced in the Formula E Championship in its 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons with the Andretti team, becoming the first female driver to achieve a points’ finish in the series.
Since last November, she has dovetailed her full-time driving duties in the Australian Supercars Championship with a test driver role with the Venturi Formula E squad.
The news of her appointment to Porsche’s electric racing program comes amid ongoing speculation about her future in the Supercars Championship.
She made a high-profile switch to the category in 2017 on a three-year deal with Kelly Racing (then Nissan Motorsport) but is not expected to re-sign with the Victorian squad despite achieving a career-best seventh place finish last time out in the Safety Car-hit Sunday race at Pukekohe Raceway.
Despite her results, the popular driver is considered one of the key players in the 2020 driver market and has been linked with moves to either Tickford Racing or Matt Stone Racing.
Images via Kelly Racing and Porsche