Sauber Formula 1 development driver Tatiana Calderón will take on a new challenge this weekend as she makes her World Series Formula V8 3.5 debut in Bahrain.
The 24-year-old rising star, whose main racing commitment this season has been in the GP3 Series, will be reunited with the RP Motorsport team that she raced for last year in Euroformula Open for her maiden World Series race weekend on 17-18 November.
She joins regular RP Motorsport drivers Roy Nissany and Yu Kanamaru in a third entry as she tackles the challenge of racing the most powerful car in her single-seater career to date.
Tatiana is no stranger to the Herman Tilke-designed, 5.412km Bahrain International Circuit, having scored a podium finish when she raced there in 2015 as part of her MRF Challenge Formula 2000 campaign.
Despite her inexperience relative to her competitors, Tatiana will be looking to make a big impression in Bahrain in front of the FIA World Endurance Championship paddock.
Tatiana Calderón: “I’m very much looking forward to competing in Bahrain in the Formula V8 3.5 World Series. It’s a great car to drive and Bahrain is one of my favourite tracks; it went well when I raced there in MRF two years ago, and I also raced with RP in F3. It will be my first race with a pitstop, which will be interesting, and the Michelin tyre is also quite a bit different to the Pirelli rubber I am used to in GP3. There will be a lot of things to learn but it will be a useful experience and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Fabio Pampado, Team Principal of RP Motorsport Racing: “We are very happy to have Tatiana back in the Team, this time in a more powerful car. We have very good memories of what we achieved together in the Euroformula Open F3 last year and we are very excited and motivated to achieve good results to close the year on a high.”
After her World Series debut, Tatiana will return to GP3 Series action for the final round of the season at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi on 24-26 November.