Tatiana Calderón will be back in Super Formula action for the first time in six months this weekend as she tackles the penultimate round of the season at Twin Ring Motegi.
The Colombian has been absent from the last three rounds of the Japanese single-seater series owing to a combination of her commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Richard Mille Racing and Japan’s strict quarantine requirements.
However, Tatiana has now made it back to Japan in time to contest the final two races of the season as she looks to end her second campaign in Super Formula with the ThreeBond Drago Corse team on a high, starting this weekend at Motegi – the track where she made her debut in the championship last year.
Returning to a familiar track will come as a great help to Tatiana as she seeks to re-acclimatise herself to the powerful, high-downforce Dallara SF19-Honda, which has undergone substantial set-up changes in her absence. With track time in Super Formula so limited, getting on top of the changes quickly will be the key to a successful weekend.
Racing at Motegi again also provides Tatiana with the chance to show how much progress she and the team have made since their first race together in 2020, and give the Japanese fans that have been so willing to support her something to cheer about.
Tatiana Calderón: “I’m very happy to be back in Japan for the first time since April. It’s been a very long time since I last drove the Super Formula car, but I’ve been in close contact with the ThreeBond Drago Corse team, closely following the races I’ve missed from afar and learning about the car evolution. There are some new things I will have to get used to, and there’s only one practice session before qualifying, so I don’t expect it to be easy at all – especially when everyone has already raced once at Motegi. But I’m excited to be back, to experience the Japanese culture again and hopefully see a lot of fans at the track.”
MOTEGI WEEKEND TIMETABLE
(all times GMT +9 and subject to change)
Saturday October 16
Free practice – 0910-1040
Qualifying – 1335-1446
Sunday October 17
Practice – 1050-1120
Race – 1400 (35 Laps or 70 minutes)