Tatiana Calderón proved once more that speed is her nature: The 22-year-old Colombian was on her way to score for the first time this season, but bad luck after the deployment of the safety car caused her a penalty of 10 seconds. The result: P24 instead of P10 after P18 and P21 in race 1 and race 2 at Hockenheimring.
The season finale of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Hockenheimring in Germany almost worked out the way Tatiana Calderón wanted it to be. Getting a grid boy in all fairness and scoring with P10 in the last race. But when the yellow flag was deployed, rookie driver Alessio Lorandi tried to overtake her which ended in a 10-second penalty for Tatiana. This incident prevented the race driver from reaching her goal, when the last race of the season unfortunately ended behind the safety car.
Nevertheless, Tatiana and her team made the right decisions this weekend at Hockenheimring. All signs are set for a very strong next season, where Tatiana Calderón will show tremendous racing, writing her own story and dreaming as big as always. The 22-year-old will announce her plans for the upcoming season soon and one thing’s for sure: She will never give up!
Tatiana Calderón: “I think it was a positive weekend although the results not really show it. In Free Practice, I had my best result of the season – P12 – and in the Qualifying I was only 0.9 seconds away from the pole. We sacrificed Race 1 a little bit, driving with old tires to be able to start with a new set in Race 2. Unfortunately, I got hit from behind after I made a pretty good start. And then for sure the highlight of the weekend was crossing the line in P10. I don’t agree with the 10-second penalty, but that’s racing and I want to thank the team, Volkswagen and my family for all their amazing support this year! I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for us.“