One year after her RTL European Formula 3 Open debut with Emilio de Villota Motorsport, Tatiana Calderon returns to the series for a one-off appearance in the final event of the season at the Circuit de Catalunya (8 -10 November).
With the aim of clocking up more mileage at the wheel of a Dallara F312 F3 car in preparation for the 2014 season, Calderon will race for the Emilio de Villota team in the final two races of the championship at one of her favourite tracks this weekend.
Despite being underwhelmed by her achievements during her maiden FIA European F3 and British F3 campaigns, the 20-year old hopes to use her F3 Open outing to demonstrate how much progress she has made over the last 12 months.
Calderon enters what is set to be her final race of the season at Barcelona on the crest of a wave following two successful recent tests in contrasting Auto GP and GT3-spec machinery.
The Colombian lady racer first impressed during an AutoGP test at Circuito de Jerez, emerging as the fastest of those sampling the 550bhp single-seaters for the first time and setting the third quickest lap of the day.
That was followed by an invitation from Blancpain Endurance series race winner, HTP Motorsport, to test its Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 at Paul Ricard in the South of France alongside DTM and FIA GT Champion Bernd Schneider.
Calderon, who finished ninth in the 2012 European F3 Open, is looking forward to running stronger in her return to the series this weekend.
“It will be very interesting to race again in the F3 Open and see how much progress I’ve made this season,” said Calderon. “Barcelona is one track I know very well and I’m excited about working with Emilio de Villota once again. Everything has come together nicely and I believe we can be very competitive. This being my only outing of the year in the series I really have nothing to lose.”
Three European F3 Open practice sessions are scheduled to take place on Friday (8 November). The first qualifying session is due to take place on at 11:10 on Saturday (9 November), with race one at 15:00 later that afternoon.
Sunday (10 November) begins with the second qualifying session at 9:15 and will be followed by the final race of the season at 13:20 local time.