Tatiana Calderón will return to the GP3 Series in 2018, joining forces with the established race-winning Jenzer Motorsport team.
The Colombian rising star will be looking to capitalise on the valuable experience she gained last year as she continues progressing towards her ultimate goal of racing in Formula 1.
Jenzer Motorsport has been part of the GP3 Series since its inception in 2010, and last year the Lyss, Switzerland-based outfit finished third in the teams’ standings with two of its drivers, Arjun Maini and Alessio Lorandi, winning races.
It was also one of two teams Tatiana tested with during last year’s post-season Abu Dhabi test following the exit of her previous team, DAMS, from the Formula 1 support series.
Tatiana will continue to be part of the successful Escudería Telmex driver programme, the biggest of its type in Latin America, and she will also continue to enjoy the support of the Colombian government through Coldeportes.
She is set for an equally busy year off-track as well, following the announcement that she has joined the FIA Women in Motorsport commission as driver representative as well as the FIA Drivers’ Commission.
Tatiana Calderón: “I’m extremely happy to be racing with Jenzer in GP3 this year. They have a great history in the series; last year they had a really successful season, and everything went really well when I tested with them last year. I like the way they work, and I think together we can make a great combination and be very competitive. I’ve also been working really hard during the winter to be as ready as possible, as both the team and I want to be challenging the front-runners. I want to thank Escuderia Telmex and Coldeportes for their support in making this possible, hopefully we can enjoy a really great year together.”
Andreas Jenzer: “I was hoping to sign Tatiana back in 2016 when she tested for us the first time, because we knew we would have a very competitive Team. Now I am very happy Tatiana joins us for the 2018 campaign. I am sure with her experience she will be able to contribute on the technical and driving side.
I would say is not that we understand the female-driver situation, which is a bit harder than for boys, but we already proved in the past with other female drivers that have raced at Jenzer Motorsport that we can do a very good work. I am sure we will have a very successful season if we work hard together.”
Pre-season testing for the new GP3 season begins at the Paul Ricard circuit in Southern France on February 21-22 with the opening round taking place in Barcelona on May 11-13.
2018 GP3 SERIES CALENDAR
21-22 Feb Pre-season test, Le Castellet (Paul Ricard)
14-15 March Pre-season test, Jerez
17-18 April Pre-season test, Barcelona
11-13 May Barcelona, Spain
22-24 June Le Castellet (Paul Ricard), France
29 June – 1 July Spielberg, Austria
6-8 July Silverstone, Great-Britain
27-29 July Budapest, Hungary
24-26 Aug Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
31 Aug – 2 Sep Monza, Italy
28-30 Sep Sochi, Russia
23-25 Nov Yas Marina, UAE