A rejuvenated Tatiana Calderon is eager to resume her maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign on the legendary Nurburgring this weekend (17-18 August).
The F3 European Championship gets back underway after a four-week break, with Germany’s evocative Nurburgring the venue for Rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the 2013 season.
In its original ‘Nordschleife’ configuration, the Nurburgring stretched for 14 miles through Germany’s spectacular Eifel mountains and earned a notorious reputation for pushing both man and machinery to the limit.
‘The Green Hell’, as it was nicknamed, was finally deemed unfit for purpose in the 1980s and was replaced by the current 5.14km Grand Prix layout.
The F3 European Championship drivers, meanwhile, will be tasked with conquering the shortened 3.62km ‘Sprint Track’. While significantly shorter than its predecessor, the modern circuit remains a formidable adversary, combining both slow, technical sections with fast sweeping turns that are all designed to test a driver’s ability.
Calderon, aged 20, has most recently contested rounds of the British F3 International Series, but is keen to turn her attention back to the European equivalent.
A positive outing at Germany’s Norisring – the sole street circuit on the calendar – ended in disaster for the Colombian lady racer, who was sidelined by illness during the final race.
However, Calderon is fitter and more focused than ever and endeavours to use her prior knowledge and experience of the Nurburgring to full effect this weekend.
“The Nurburgring is one of the few circuits I have visited before and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Calderon. “It’s a track that has all types of corners and I know I’ll be strong in the technical sections.
“After two rounds in the British F3 International Series, I feel well prepared for this weekend and, while the competition will be tough, I hope to do better than in previous F3 European Championship rounds. I’m preparing myself physically at Pro Performance this week so I should arrive there 100 per cent ready.”