Tatiana Calderón returns to race action this weekend for the second round of the Euroformula Open championship at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps track.
The Belgian Grand Prix venue ranks firmly among Tatiana’s favourites, particularly after two very successful outings at the legendary 7km circuit in the past two seasons in European Formula 3.
Back in 2014, the Colombian scored her first points in the series as he took an impressive top-five finish in the second race at Spa, which proved the turning point of a campaign in which she went on to score points in every round thereafter.
The following season, Tatiana showcased her stunning racecraft and wet-weather driving abilities as she surged into the lead in typical tricky Spa conditions in the third race, becoming the first female driver to lead a race in the championship’s history – although the subsequent need to make a pitstop for dry tyres prevented her from capitalising on her virtuoso display.
Now, after a difficult time in the Euroformula Open curtain-raiser at Estoril, the Bogota-born driver returns to the scene of her finest hour in F3 off the back of a successful two-day test at the Albacete track in Spain, where Tatiana and the Teo Martin Motorsport team worked diligently on addressing the issues that held them back in Portugal.
Tatiana Calderón: “I’m really looking forward to racing at Spa, which is one of my favourite circuits and one where some of the best memories of my career were made, particularly in European F3 in the last two years. It has always treated me well, and I understand how to be quick there – it’s a compromise between having low enough aero for the long straights, but high enough to be quick in the long and technical second sector. I look forward to the challenge, and the team has been preparing really hard. We did two test days at Albacete recently, and since then we’ve done more work in the simulator to confirm our findings. Hopefully the hard work will pay off and we can be competitive this weekend.” SPA WEEKEND TIMETABLE (all times CET and subject to change)
Friday 20 May Free Practice 1 – 0955 Free Practice 2 – 1330 Qualifying 1 – 1640
Saturday 21 May Race 1 – 1440
Sunday 22 May Qualifying 2 – 0900 Race 2 – 1330