She joined the soccer team at a young age, unperturbed by the lack of other females playing the sport.Tennis was also a big part of her life when she was young.Meet the female racing car driver, chasing her dreams with speed.With the nickname ‘Iron Maiden’, Simona de Silvestro has broken through gender stereotypes to pursue her dreams with flying colours.INTERNATIONALS IN AUSTRALIADrivers from beyond the shores of Australia and New Zealand have dabbled in Supercars over the years, largely in two-driver endurance races such as Bathurst or the Gold Coast event, which took on an international element after Indy Car's last visit in 2008.Since the V8 Supercars era started in 1997, John Cleland has the best Bathurst result of second in 2001 with Brad Jones, while Yvan Muller won the 2005 Sandown 500 with Craig Lowndes."This is going to be my first full-time year with a closed top car and there a lot of new things for me to learn and adapt to."I am very respectful towards this new challenge but at the same time I am very excited about driving in such a competitive championship.
I love what I’m doing, and focus on proving myself again and again,” de Silvestro says.
But when her father sat her in a go cart at six years of age, she knew she was destined for the race track.
“I cried on the way home because my legs were too short to reach the pedals, so my father bought me a go cart built for younger kids. “We spent so much time at the race track as a family.
She also watched Formula One on television with her father on weekends.
Being the only female taking part in sport has never phased de Silvestro.
Former Indy Car and Formula E driver Simona de Silvestro will race in the Australian Supercars series from 2017.