Double R Racing’s Tatiana Calderon will make use of her boosted confidence and experience to edge closer to the leading pack in Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Circuit Park Zandvoort this weekend (28-29 September).
Calderon has consistently frequented the top end of the timesheets in the most recent rounds of the British Formula 3 International Series and spectacularly broke her podium finishes duck at the Nurburgring last weekend (21-22 September).
Still in her maiden British and European F3 Championship campaigns, the 20-year old Colombian has come on leaps and bounds in terms of raw speed, race craft and physical fitness.
These notable improvements, combined with an overdue injection of confidence, have provided Calderon with even more drive and determination to become a leading light in the FIA F3 European Championship, starting with Rounds 22, 23 and 24 at Zandvoort.
The 4.3km former Grand Prix venue sits on the sand dunes of Holland’s North Sea coast, approximately 30km West of Amsterdam.
And as Calderon has prior knowledge and experience of the Dutch circuit – gained when she contested the prestigious RTL Masters of Formula 3 event in July – she is certain to edge ever-closer to the pace this weekend.
“The British F3 podium I achieved at the Nurburgring has really boosted my confidence and I’m genuinely excited about returning to Zandvoort for the next round of the FIA F3 European Championship,” said an enthused Calderon. “Whenever I go to a track I know I always make big improvements and I think we will see a positive change in my speed compared to when I raced there in the Masters of F3.
“I know every weekend is different and Zandvoort is a very challenging circuit, but I believe I can continue improving and learning. As it’s such a high downforce track with a lot of fast sections, it was quite tricky to acclimatise to at first, but I consistently closed in on the frontrunners’ pace during the long race here in July.”
FIA Formula 3 European Championship first and second practice will take place at 13.05 and 13.50 respectively on Friday (27 September, with qualifying from 17.35 and 18.10 later that afternoon.
Rounds 22 and 23, meanwhile, are scheduled to begin at 11.00 and 18.00 on Saturday (28 September), with Round 24 – the weekend’s third and final race – at 11.00 on Sunday (29 September).