Tatiana Calderón has her sights firmly set on bouncing back immediately from a disappointing Hungary showing this weekend, as the GP3 Series arrives in Hockenheim for its fifth round.
The German venue is one with which Tatiana is very familiar, and has been the scene of some of her strongest performances in her three-year stint in the FIA European Formula 3 championship – including her best on-the-road finish of her third and final year in the category.
Now the 23-year-old returns to the 4.574-kilometre course still searching for the first points of her GP3 campaign with Arden International, after her chances of scoring last time out in Hungary were ruined by an involvement in a multi-car collision in the opening race.
And the combination of a softer tyre compound and Tatiana’s intimate track knowledge – along with ample opportunities to overtake – promise to make the Hockenheim weekend one that plays to all of the Colombian racer’s best strengths, as she looks to enter the summer break on a high note. Tatiana Calderón: “Obviously it was a bit of a disappointing weekend in Budapest, but I think we just need to keep calm: we have the speed, it’s just about putting everything together. We’re back on the soft tyre compound this weekend, which we’ve been quite strong with when we’ve used it, and it should also mean we see a bit more degradation than in Hungary. On top of that, Hockenheim is a circuit I know very well, and it’s one where there are plenty of chances to overtake, which means it’s not all about qualifying. Hopefully I can capitalise on that to score my first few points of the season.”
HOCKENHEIM TIMETABLE (all times CET and subject to change)
Friday 29 July Practice – 1750
Saturday 30 July Qualifying – 0945 Race 1 – 1540
Sunday 31 July Race 2 – 0915