Tatiana Calderón continues her GP3 Series campaign this weekend at Monza, and has her sights firmly set on a return to the points after a difficult outing at Spa-Francorchamps.
The historic Monza track plays host to the final European round of the season, before the flyaway races in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi, and the Italian circuit is another one with which Tatiana is well acquainted – the Colombian having raced there last season in FIA F3, as well as in European F3 Open.
With a layout dominated by long straights and chicanes, the 5.793km venue offers a challenge like no other on the GP3 calendar, as the slipstream effect adds an extra layer of strategy to races and provides drivers with ample overtaking opportunities. Tyre management will also be important, with the soft compound Pirelli tyre in use for a third successive weekend.
After once again showing her strong race pace and ability to move through the field at Spa, Tatiana will be looking to improve her pace in qualifying trim with the help of her Arden International team this weekend in order to put herself in the best possible position to return to the top 10, and add to the point she scored prior to the summer break at Hockenheim.
Tatiana Calderón: “I’m looking forward to racing at Monza this weekend and quickly putting the frustration of Spa behind me. It’s a very interesting track that often provides good racing because of the long straights and the slipstream effect. The high speeds we reach mean that it’s very important to feel confident on the brakes, especially running with a low downforce set-up to maximise straight-line performance. I look forward to the unique challenge, and hopefully we can make a step forward in qualifying to put ourselves in a position to have two good races and get back into the points.” MONZA TIMETABLE (all times CET and subject to change) Friday 2 September Practice – 1750 Saturday 3 September Qualifying – 0945 Race 1 – 1715 Sunday 4 September Race 2 – 0915