Tatiana Calderón’s GP3 Series campaign resumes this weekend as the Alfa Romeo Sauber Formula 1 test driver prepares to tackle the penultimate round of 2018 in Sochi, Russia.
Coming off the back of her best-ever finish in GP3 last time out at Monza, the 25-year-old Colombian heads to the Sochi Autodrom confident of adding to her growing points tally and confirming her place towards the top of the championship pecking order.
The 5.848km Russian Grand Prix venue is situated in the Sochi Olympic Park, and provides a very different sort of challenge to the one posed by last two rounds at Monza and Spa, featuring a testing mix of medium and slow-speed corners.
It’s a track that Tatiana has never previously raced at, as it has been absent from the GP3 calendar for the last two seasons, but her Jenzer Motorsport team has two years of experience at Sochi, its best result being a fifth place with Kevin Ceccon in 2014.
Discovering a brand-new circuit with such limited track time is sure to be challenging, but Tatiana will arrive as prepared as possible and confident that she can maintain the momentum she has built up in recent races, as the 2018 season nears its climax.
Tatiana Calderón: “Looking ahead to Sochi, we’re coming from a good weekend in Monza in many ways, and Sochi will be quite a new challenge. I’ve never been there but the team has, because GP3 raced there in 2014 and 2015. But it will be quite interesting with only 45 minutes of practice to discover the track. I’ve been doing my best to prepare in the simulator and by watching a lot of videos. Hopefully we can have a good weekend and score good points again like we have been able to in the last few races.”
(all times CET and subject to change)
Friday September 28
Practice – 08:30 AM
Qualifying – 04:50 PM
Saturday September 29
Race 1 – 09:15 AM
Sunday September 30
Race 2 – 09:05 AM