Simona de Silvestro is the epitome of inspirational. The Swiss born, Gold Coast local is currently competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with Kelly Racing and has previously raced in the IndyCar Series and Formula E series (a big deal if you aren’t in the race car know).
We sat down for a chat with Simona about how it feels to race around corners at 200 kilometres per hours and her advice for girls wanting to follow in her footsteps.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I’ve been on the Goldie for about one year now.
What do you love most about living here?
I think the weather is definitely the best part, I love being outside.
How did you come to be a racecar driver?
I started karting at age six. I have always loved speed and racing.
Take us through some of your career highlights thus far?
There are a few – definitely winning rookie of the year at the Indy 500 and my first podium at Indycar in Houston in 2013.
How are you feeling about the upcoming season?
I’m looking forward to this season even though we have a lot of work ahead of us in getting our cars faster.
You drive supercars, how does it feel to race around a corner at 225 km/h?
It’s an amazing feeling. The coolest thing about racing is moving this machine (the Supercar) on the limit, it’s great.
What do you do when you have time off?
I like playing sports (golf, squash etc. trying to dabble around with surfing but not super good at it)!
Any advice for young women who would love to follow in your career footsteps?
Believe in yourself. It’s not an easy road but keep pushing.
Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Cafe: Hot Shots
How does your weekend usually look? I usually go for a run on the beach in the morning then work on engineering or emails. In the afternoon sometimes I play golf and in the evening I go to the gym.