After a poor 2012 season that saw her weighed down by the uncompetitive Lotus engine, Simona de Silvestro appears ready to move to a new home for 2013.
AUTOSPORT is now reporting that De Silvestro will leave HVM Racing for Chevrolet-powered KV Racing Technology and will also retain her current sponsorship package with Entergy Nuclear.
The really interesting bit though is that AUTOSPORT also reports that HVM won’t be involved in De Silvestro’s 2013 drive despite recent rumors of HVM and KV possibly working together next season. However, KV co-owner Jimmy Vasser has denied any sort of merger between those two particular groups in a piece from SPEEDTV.com’s Marshall Pruett. KV is expected to run two cars during a test session at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday.
If De Silvestro is indeed joining Tony Kanaan and KV, it’ll definitely be a change of pace. Up to now, De Silvestro has never worked with a teammate. That said, KV is certainly a step up from her previous surroundings, and she’ll definitely be glad to have Chevy power after running all of last season with an incredibly problematic Lotus.
She was the only one from Lotus’ original roster of five drivers that stayed with the English manufacturer for all 15 races in 2012. But if AUTOSPORT is correct, it appears better days may be coming for the talented “Swiss Missile.”