Tatiana Calderón’s debut season in the FIA Formula 2 championship came to an end in last weekend’s season finale at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 test driver enjoyed a consistent weekend over the course of the two races at the Emirati venue, finishing 16th in the opening race on Saturday before rounding off her rookie campaign with a solid drive to 14th place.
Qualifying once again proved a challenge for Tatiana and her BWT Arden team, the Colombian rising star not helped by an ill-timed yellow flag that prevented her from completing her fastest lap and leaving her in 19thposition on the grid for the first race.
This time, Tatiana opted for the conventional strategy of starting on the softer of the two compounds brought by Pirelli to Abu Dhabi, the supersofts, and after switching to the more durable soft tyre she was able to make her way up to 16th place by the finish.
That dictated her grid position for Sunday’s sprint race, and a strong start left her 15th after the opening lap – one place ahead of the season’s champion, Nyck de Vries.
Having to nurse a single set of soft tyres over the full 22-lap distance, Tatiana was unable to keep de Vries at bay but still showed strong pace en route to 14th place, signing off on her first season in F2 with a typically consistent and determined performance.
Tatiana Calderón: “Overall I’m fairly satisfied with the weekend, in fact I think it’s been one of the best weekends of the season. Sadly in qualifying we only got one lap because there was a yellow flag on the other lap, but that’s racing sometimes. Starting from the back in race one, we had good pace at the end of the race, we could fight some of the other guys on the first lap but the anti-stall kicked in and I lost a few places. In race two I overtook Nyck de Vries at one point which was nice, but then I suffered with front tyre degradation. Overall I’m happy with my performance and now we’ll see what the future holds.”