Sauber Formula 1 development driver Tatiana Calderón left a big impression on fans of the sport when she attended last week’s inaugural F1 Live event in central London.
Tatiana’s appearance on stage came during Wednesday evening’s demonstration at Trafalgar Square, the Colombian appearing alongside her mentor Susie Wolff in her capacity as an ambassador for the former Williams test driver’s ‘Dare to be Different’ scheme.
From there, the 24-year-old rising star travelled to Silverstone for the third round of her GP3 Series campaign, hoping to build on the strong form she showed the previous weekend in Austria, where she surged into the top 10 on the road from the back of the grid in the opening race.
Unfortunately, Tatiana and her DAMS teammates struggled for pace from Thursday’s practice session, and no improvement could be found in time for qualifying on Friday evening.
That meant the Bogota native faced a difficult task from 19th place on the grid in Saturday’s first race, with 14th place proving the maximum as her struggle for grip continued. Matters failed to improve in time for the second race on Sunday morning, which only yielded a 16th-place finish.
But, after a promising two-day test at the Hungaroring last month, Tatiana remains optimistic that her fortunes – and those of the team – will improve when the series visits in two weeks’ time.
Tatiana Calderón: “It was a difficult weekend. From the first practice session we struggled to find any grip, and unfortunately we didn’t manage to find it throughout the weekend. As a team we also struggled a lot, so hopefully we can find out why this was the case and come back stronger in Budapest. There we will use a different tyre compound, and it will be hotter; hopefully those conditions will suit us better. But at the moment it’s quite frustrating to not have the answers we’re were looking for.”
Tatiana returns to GP3 action in two weeks’ time for the fourth round of the championship at the Hungaroring, home of the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix, on 28-30 July.