Simona de Silvestro

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Simona de Silvestro signs for Nissan in Supercars

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Recent IndyCar and Formula E driver Simona de Silvestro has signed with Nissan in the Australian Supercars series on a three-year deal.

After losing her Formula E seat with Andretti at the end of the all-electric series’ second season, de Silvestro announced in September that she would be moving into Supercars for 2017.

On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the Swiss racer would be linking back up with Nissan Motorsport, having previously raced for the manufacturer at Bathurst.

“I’m really excited to be joining the team, and I can’t wait for next season,” de Silvestro said.

“In joining Nissan Motorsport, I think the biggest thing is being a factory driver. It’s great to have the trust from Nissan Motorsport to give me the chance to drive for them.

“I really enjoyed driving for them at Bathurst, I really enjoyed the car, so there were a lot of things I really liked. And the team as well, it’s a great team, you see there’s a lot of potential in the team.

“So working with them hopefully will bring a lot of success.”

The move marks de Silvestro’s first permanent foray away from single-seaters, having previously raced in IndyCar, Formula E, the Atlantic Championship, Formula BMW and Formula Renault.

“I think it’s going to be a pretty big challenge for me. Like I’ve said before, most of my career has been in open wheel,” de Silvestro said.

“The Nissan Altima was feeling pretty great at Bathurst, so I’m sure at the other tracks I’m going to be able to adapt a lot quicker.

“Learning the tracks and working with the team will be a big challenge but looking forward to it.”