Tatiana Calderón begins the second half of her FIA Formula 2 championship campaign this weekend with a visit to the legendary Silverstone Circuit in the UK.
The Alfa Romeo F1 test driver will be looking to maintain her momentum from last month’s sixth round of the season at the Red Bull Ring, where she was able to rediscover her usual strong race pace and fight her way up the order in the closing laps.
Silverstone, the birthplace of the world championship, is a familiar venue for Tatiana, who has raced on the demanding 5.891-km track in both European F3 and GP3 in past seasons. It’s also proven a happy hunting ground for the Colombian’s BWT Arden team, which took victory at the British track last year with Maximilian Gunther.
As well as famous high-speed corners like Copse, Becketts and Stowe, Silverstone is also known for its notoriously bumpy track surface, although recent resurfacing works will present the drivers with a fresh challenge in comparison to previous years.
With the hard and soft compound Pirelli tyres in use, as they were at Paul Ricard and Barcelona earlier this year, Tatiana’s aims for the weekend will be to put in a more competitive showing in qualifying and put herself firmly in the hunt for points.
Tatiana Calderón: “I’m very much looking forward to Silverstone. Since the last racewe’ve prepared well in the simulator and also physically, because it’s one of the most demanding tracks that we visit, with its high-speed corners and bumps, although the track has been resurfaced this year. We had some time to look at all the information from the last round in the Red Bull Ring, and we definitely made a step forward in Race 2, so hopefully we can be more in the fight for points this weekend. That will be the aim, as well as to qualify better. The hard and soft compound tyres have suited our car well, so definitely looking forward to the challenge and hopefully scoring my first points of the season.”
SILVERSTONE TIMETABLE (all times CET and subject to change)
Friday 12 July Practice – 12:55 Qualifying – 16:55
Saturday 13 July Race 1 – 16:45
Sunday 14 July Race 2 – 100