Nissan reveals Simona de Silvestro 2018 Altima

Tom Howard

Wednesday 14th February, 2018 - 6:01am

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Simona de Silvestro’s new Nissan Altima

Nissan Motorsport has revealed its new look livery for Simona de Silvestro ahead of her second season in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

The Swiss will run under a new bold black, red and white design with continued backing from retail giant Harvey Norman.

De Silvestro is due to return to the Nissan Motorsport workshop today having spent the off-season back in her native Switzerland.

The 29-year-old will operate alongside a new engineer this season in the form of Chris Stuckey, who worked with Preston Hire Racing last year.

Nissan Motorsport has also hired former NASCAR guru Nick Ollila as its new technical director.

“You always want to have a good looking car and the team have done a great job,” said De Silvestro ahead of Friday’s pre-season test at Sydney Motorsport Park.

“I can’t wait to see what it looks like on track. I spent the off-season training back in Europe, but I was constantly talking to the team and keeping updated on everything.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Chris this year.

“The team were very keen to get him on-board and that obviously means he knows what he’s doing.

“The test day will help us understand each other and by Adelaide we’ll be speaking the same language. I just want the season to start now.”

De Silvestro showed flashes of pace during her maiden season, recording a best finish of 13th at Phillip Island.

Now with a year in the record books she is eager to build on a promising maiden campaign.

“I can’t wait to get to Adelaide,” she added.

“This year is a big change, as I’ll be familiar with most of the tracks.

“It means we won’t be dedicating valuable track time to learning which way the circuit goes or where braking markers are.

“We started to really put all the pieces of the puzzle together in the second half of last year. Newcastle and Bathurst were a lot of fun, and it was exciting to be racing inside the Top 10.

“I have high expectations on myself to improve and be racing up the front on a consistent basis.”

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