Tatiana Calderón heads to this weekend’s eighth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship season in Hungary with renewed optimism and determination to impress.
The Alfa Romeo F1 test driver is aiming to draw a line under a difficult few rounds with the help of her BWT Arden team at one of her favourite circuits, the Hungaroring, which plays host to the championship’s final races before the traditional August break.
The Hungaroring has been a fixture on the grand prix calendar since 1986, making it one of the longest-standing venues on the current calendar. The 4.381-km track, located just outside the Hungarian capital of Budapest, is among the most demanding for the drivers, boasting a challenging mix of slow- and medium-speed turns.
It’s also been a happy hunting ground for Tatiana, who secured her first points finish of the season in GP3 there last year – something that will give the Colombian rising star hope of a similar revival in fortunes this weekend.
The soft and medium-compound Pirelli tyres will be in use, while expected warm conditions should give Tatiana the chance to demonstrate her strong tyre management skills as she bids to come away with a first points finish of the 2019 campaign.
An unusual Hungary schedule sees the first F2 race of the weekend take place on Saturday morning, prior to F1’s third practice session, instead of its usual late afternoon slot.
Tatiana Calderón: “Obviously I’m looking forward to this weekend, partly because it’s been almost three weeks with no action and because Hungaroring is a special track, and I’ve done well in the past there in GP3. We’ve had some time to analyse the last couple of rounds, the hot weather conditions that we expect this weekend could help us as well. Hopefully we can score our first points of the season and start turning around the season from this point on.”
(all times CET and subject to change)
Friday 2 August
Saturday 3 August
Race 1 10:10
Sunday 4 August
Race 2 11:25