Tatiana Calderón is ready to return to action for this weekend’s final round of the FIA Formula 2 season in Abu Dhabi after recovering from her recent hand injury.
The Colombian was unfortunately sidelined from her previous F2 outing at Monza in late September when she was involved in an incident at the start of the sprint race that left her with a fractured right hand.
But now, in the fourth and final race weekend of her comeback to the Formula 1 feeder series with Charouz Racing System, which was only made possible thanks to the generous support of Colombian singer Karol G, Tatiana is aiming to make up for the disappointment of the events of Monza, having had time to rest and recuperate during this two-month break.
She recently put her recovered hand to the test in a shifter go kart test, and she feels now prepared to get back in the cockpit of her F2 machine and give it her all to end the 2022 season on a high, and repay the faith that Karol G and her supporters have shown in her.
Besides her usual routine and the specific therapy to recover the strength on her right hand and arm, Tatiana spent some days in the AVL simulator, where she tested for the first time the technology of SUB2r, a company that develops and produces special eyewear lenses originally engineered for egaming and esports professionals. These lenses were tested for reducing visual fatigue and maintaining peak reaction times.
Tatiana is visiting the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for the first time since her previous F2 campaign in 2019, and since then the layout of the 5.281km track has changed considerably. The removal of the chicane at what used to be Turns 5-6, as well as the introduction of a long looping left-hander at what used to be Turns 11-14, has made the track more of a high-speed challenge, as well as increasing the possibilities of overtaking.
The Colombian has fond memories of the track as well, with some of her best results in GP3/FIA F3 having been achieved at the United Arab Emirates venue, as well as a podium finish when she made her first outing at the circuit while contesting the MRF Formula 2000 series, where she was championship runner up.
Tatiana Calderón: “It has been a while since I was last in a racing car, so I’m looking forward to getting back to racing at Abu Dhabi, especially after what happened at Monza. It was good to have a two-month break in the schedule to allow my hand to fully recover. The hand feels ok, I’ve been go-karting and in the AVL simulator where I had the opportunity to try the new SUB2r glasses with their new technology and it’s fascinating. I’m really happy to have them on board with us this weekend. I haven’t been to Abu Dhabi since 2019, so it will be my first time on the new track layout, but it is a place I like with the heat, and the tyre compounds we will be using also suit me. I’ll give it my best to achieve the maximum possible in terms of results, while also enjoying the weekend.”
SUB2r is a company that develops and produces visual technology originally engineered for professional esports teams. Their proprietary filters block or pass specific wavelengths at designated amplitudes, filtering out “in-between” color noise. This technology is referred to as Bio-Chromatic Noise Cancellation (BNC)™. They help professional players stay more focused, reduce eye fatigue, maintain reaction times, and increase alertness while they are playing. BNC™ lenses simplify the amount of information processed by the brain, sharpening your vision while highlighting power colors. By not filtering blue light, BNC lenses help you stay alert during long periods of focus and intense concentration.
SUB2r currently offers 3 version of the lenses, Competition – the most aggressive formulation, Practice – which help to maintain circadian sleep rhythms, and ND – neutral density for outdoor performance use.
ABU DHABI WEEKEND SCHEDULE
All times are GMT +4 and subject to change
Friday November 18
Free practice - 11:35
Qualifying - 15:30
Saturday November 19
Sprint race - 16:20
Sunday November 20
Feature race - 13:00