This time last year Swiss superstar Simona de Silvestro completed her second wildcard appearance at the Bathurst 1000 and was preparing for her full-time stint in Supercars. One year on, we touch base with the 29-year-old to discuss her full-time rookie season in the category in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #101.
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Supercars isn’t easy for rookies, let alone one new to touring-car racing and Australia. Nissan Motorsport rookie de Silvestro has had a lot to learn in her first full-time season in Supercars and ended the season on a positive note with a strong showing at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500.
“There has definitely been a lot of progress and now I think we are pretty close, but we’re still missing a little bit,” says de Silvestro.
“It’s always the last few tenths that are the hardest to find, but that’s why we are working really hard on the car to find that.
“It is good to see the series is tough because other people have tried before and struggled as much as I did or even more. That gives you a little bit of confidence.
“As a driver you just want to get quicker, so it doesn’t really matter what people have done before you as you just want to focus on yourself and move forward.
“The biggest thing is just really getting it all together. Every time we go to the track next year, except Bathurst, we’re not going to start behind the eight ball, so that’s going to be really good.
“We can start working on the car straight away instead of spending the first session figuring out where everything is going. So that’s quite important but, results-wise, it could have been a little bit better for sure.”
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