Simona de Silvestro has announced a break with longtime manager Imran Safiulla, who had guided much of her career through American junior open-wheel formula (Formula Atlantic), into IndyCar, and then into this year’s role as an affiliated driver with Sauber’s Formula One team.
The 26-year-old Swiss driver, thought by many to be one of the best female drivers currently racing, released this statement:
“Today I am announcing that Imran Safiulla and I are parting ways,” de Silvestro wrote. “I want to thank Imran for his support while we worked together.
“I am now weighing all my options going forward with respect to my racing career. I will keep you posted as things progress.”
The Sauber affiliation ended earlier this year in the wake of the team’s financial situation requiring further drivers with available budget.
INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker said on 1070 The Fan’s Trackside last week that de Silvestro could well be interested in a return to the championship she raced in from 2010 to 2013.
If you want to look through the available seats, potential openings occur with Andretti Autosport’s fourth seat, KV Racing’s second seat, both Dale Coyne Racing seats and the primary seat at Bryan Herta Autosport.
Others (Schmidt Peterson and CFH second seats) could become available if the linked drivers there fall through (Mikhail Aleshin, JR Hildebrand/Mike Conway) but appear unlikely at the moment.
There’s also sports cars as an option, though you wonder if de Silvestro would want to tie up some unfinished business in IndyCar first. She had the chops for sure, and came on strongly the second half of 2013.