Tatiana Calderón will combine her recently confirmed GP3 commitments with the Euroformula Open championship with Teo Martín Motorsport in 2016.
Tatiana is no stranger to Euroformula Open, the Colombian having contested her first full season in Europe there back in 2012, when it was known as European F3 Open. That year, she finished ninth in the standings for Emilio De Villota Motorsport and scored a podium in the Winter Series, before returning for a one-off guest appearance with the same team in the final round of the 2013. Now Tatiana returns for a second full season in the rebranded championship, and although the Teo Martín name is new to the series, it is simply the result of a new partnership between Martín himself and De Villota’s team – meaning Tatiana will have the benefit of working alongside a crew with which she is familiar from her previous stint in the category.
At the Madrid-based outfit she joins new teammates Nikita Zlobin (Russia), who raced briefly in Formula Renault 3.5 last year, and the team’s existing driver, José Manuel Vilalta (Mexico).
Tatiana Calderón: “I’m very excited to be joining Teo Martín Motorsport. I raced with Emilio de Villota back in 2012, so I know the team very well, and I’m confident we’ll be able to work our way to the front together. It’s a great addition to my GP3 programme, giving me more track time, and more experience on some Formula 1 tracks as well. I can’t wait to get started working with the team and competing at the front of the Euroformula Open field – that’s our aim for 2016!”
Teo Martín, Team Owner: “It makes me very happy to welcome Tatiana to the team. She’s a very special girl – besides her talent driving single-seaters, her speed and her work ethic, I feel like she’s part of my family; as if my own granddaughter was racing for my team. She’s very capable and will show it with us this year – and hopefully for many more – as she pursues her dream of reaching the pinnacle of racing.”
The 2016 Euroformula Open calendar consists of 16 races held over eight rounds across Europe, starting with the Estoril circuit in Portugal on 23-24 April.