Simona de Silvestro will return to action with HVM in this weekend's Baltimore Grand Prix, having been forced to sit out the last race at Sonoma.
De Silvestro, who turned 23 yesterday, encountered difficulties at customs when she attempted to return to the USA from her native Switzerland before the race, and was replaced by Frenchman Simon Pagenaud for the event. Pagenaud, who also replaced the injured Justin Wilson at Mid-Ohio, finished in 15th place on his first visit to Sonoma.
"I'm so happy to be back in the U.S. and reunited with my team," said de Silvestro. "This whole experience was frustrating. It was also great to see that my team was able to persevere and post a good result with Simon Pagenaud last weekend.'
De Silvestro declined to go into the specifics of her issue with U.S. Customs "It's too complicated," she said. "It shouldn't happen again. It was just (an official) being difficult about nothing. It was all a big misunderstanding."
After scoring a fourth place at St. Petersburg earlier this year, Simona believes Baltimore offers more of a level playing field than most tracks as it is new to everyone, and hopes to hit the ground running.
"We're setting our goals high for a solid finish," she said.