Tatiana Calderón is aiming to conclude her second season in Super Formula on a positive note as she heads back to Suzuka Circuit for this weekend’s season finale.
The Colombian and her ThreeBond Drago Corse team will seek to put a difficult weekend at Twin Ring Motegi earlier this month firmly behind them and demonstrate their potential at the legendary Japanese Formula 1 circuit.
After six months away from Japan, Tatiana’s return to Super Formula was always likely to prove tricky, and the mixed weather conditions made her task even harder and she sought to reacclimatise to one of the fastest single-seater racing cars in the world outside of F1.
But this weekend Tatiana has the benefit of returning to a circuit where she raced earlier this year in April, as well as a more stable weather forecast at the 5.807km track.
Last year at Suzuka, Naoki Yamamoto set a pole position time fast enough to qualify for the F1 Japanese Grand Prix, demonstrating the impressive potential of the Dallara SF19-Honda package that Tatiana will be aiming to exploit to the fullest.
And as well as aiming for points finish Tatiana will also seek to savour the experience of tackling such challenging corners as 130R, Spoon and Degner for one final time in 2021 and conclude her second season of racing in Japan with a typically fighting drive.
Tatiana Calderón: “I’m really looking forward to racing at such a special circuit as Suzuka again. Looking back at Motegi, we’ve had time to analyse everything that happened with the team and make some adjustments. The weather looks better this weekend and we have a clear plan of what we want to do with the set-up in free practice on Saturday morning, so we’ll be aiming to do as many laps as possible and have a clean day of running that will put us in the best possible position for what should be an interesting and very enjoyable race.”
SUZUKA WEEKEND SCHEDULE
All times GMT +9 and subject to change
Saturday October 30
Free practice - 0850-1020
Qualifying - 1350
Sunday October 31
Free practice - 0905-0935
Race - 1315 (30 laps)