Tatiana Calderón is ready to resume her FIA Formula 2 championship campaign with two back-to-back race events, commencing at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France this weekend.
The Alfa Romeo F1 test driver will be reunited with her BWT Arden team at the French Grand Prix venue for the fifth round of the 2019 season, before moving directly on to the Red Bull Ring in Austria the following weekend to complete the first half of her calendar.
After a disappointing first outing around the streets of Monaco last month, where she was taken out of contention in both races by other drivers, the 26-year-old will be aiming to continue the strong form she showed in Barcelona and work towards scoring the first points of her fledgling F2 career.
While Tatiana was tackling Monaco, where the most recent round of the championship took place, for the first time, the 5.842-km Paul Ricard track is a familiar one for the Colombian rising star, as she has previously raced there in both Euroformula Open and in GP3.
In France, the main aim for Tatiana will be to work on her one-lap speed, as she looks to pick up where she left off in Barcelona. As in Spain, the hard and soft-compoundPirellityres will be in use.
Tatiana Calderón: “I’m very excited to finally get back to work. It’s been three long weeks, and although it was not the greatest feeling after Monaco, I’m looking forward to racing in the French and Austrian rounds back-to-back as it will give me more time to find my rhythm. Paul Ricard is a circuit I know well from my F3 days, and also in GP3 I tested and raced there last year. It will be a challenge as we have different tyrecompounds to last year, the heat of the summer is starting to arrive and the track has also been resurfaced in some places. Hopefully, we can start doing better in qualifying; that’s our main goal, as we know we have good race pace. Hopefully, we can score our first points of the season in France.”
PAUL RICARD WEEKEND TIMETABLE (all times CET and subject to change)
Friday 21 June Practice – 12:55 Qualifying – 16:55
Saturday 22 June Race 1 – 16:45
Sunday 23 June Race 2 – 11:25