Tatiana Calderón will be doing her best to go out on a high as her debut season in the FIA Formula 2 Championship concludes with this weekend’s final round at Abu Dhabi.
The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 test driver will be hoping for an upturn in fortune for the pair of races at the floodlit Yas Marina circuit, which has become established as the final stop for the grand prix racing circus in recent years.
Tatiana has had almost two months to recharge her batteries since the previous F2 round at Sochi, although she found time to branch out into sportscar racing with an appearance in the Porsche Supercup support event during last month’s Mexican Grand Prix.
The 5.554km Yas Marina track provides a not dissimilar challenge to Sochi, with a mix of low and medium-speed corners twinned with two long back straights providing plentiful overtaking opportunities and also placing an emphasis on tyre preservation.
In addition, Abu Dhabi was one of the Colombian racer’s strongest tracks during her GP3 campaign last year as she scored points in both races, so she will be giving it everything to enjoy a similarly successful outing this time around before the winter break begins.
As per the last round in Sochi, Tatiana is joined in the BWT Arden line-up by F2 veteran Artem Markelov in what will be the team’s final outing in the series under its own banner.
Tatiana Calderón: “It’s been a long break since Sochi so I’m definitely looking forward to the last race of the season. Obviously we’ve had time to think and reset, also the future is a bit uncertain and I don’t know if it’s going to be my last race in Formula 2, so I want to make sure we do the best possible job and hopefully finish on a high. Abu Dhabi is a track I enjoy driving a lot, both qualifying and the first race will be at night, so I hope we can make the most out of it, enjoy it and bring home some good results that can help for the future.”
ABU DHABI WEEKEND TIMETABLE
(all times CET and subject to change)
Friday 29 November
Practice – 08:30
Qualifying – 16:00
Saturday 30 November
Race 1 – 15:45
Sunday 1 December
Race 2 – 10:30