Tatiana Calderón took on the role of team leader in last weekend’s Monza FIA Formula 2 races, helping BWT Arden to pick itself up after the tragic events of the previous round.
Following the passing of Tatiana’s teammate, the popular French driver Anthoine Hubert, in the wake of his horrific crash at Spa-Francorchamps on August 31, the Arden squad bravely soldiered on in honour of their fallen colleague at Monza with a sole entry for Tatiana.
Also weighing on the mind of the F2 paddock as they reconvened just a few days on from the awful events of Spa was the health of Juan Manuel Correa, Tatiana’s fellow Alfa Romeo F1 junior driver who remains in hospital in a stable condition.
Tatiana was consigned to 17th on the grid by a spin at the Ascari corner in qualifying at the famous Italian Grand Prix venue, but the Colombian was in the running for a points finish in Saturday’s feature race before her race ended prematurely on the gravel.
Starting 15th for the following day’s sprint race, Tatiana was able to progress to 14th with pace much closer to that of the leading cars and complete an emotional weekend with a solid finish – her brave efforts providing a fitting tribute to her teammate’s memory.
Tatiana Calderón: “It’s been a difficult weekend for many reasons. I’m extremely grateful to the team, they’ve done really a good job to overcome everything that happened. The last race was positive in terms of pace and things we changed in the set-up that really helped me. Of course it was a difficult moment, so now we will try to reset, regroup for Sochi and hopefully we can finish the season in a much better way in Sochi and Abu Dhabi.”
Tatiana’s F2 campaign continues with the penultimate round of the season at the Sochi Autodrom in Russia on September 27-29.