Sauber F1 Team announced Tatiana Calderón as their Development Driver for 2017. The 23-year-old started her racing career in karting back in her home country Colombia when she was nine years old. In 2012 Calderón moved to Europe competing in several single seater racing series. In 2015 she finished second overall in the MRF Challenge Formula 2000. In 2016 Calderón moved on to the GP3 Series, support race to Formula 1. In addition to becoming a Sauber F1 Team Development Driver, she will compete in the GP3 Series again in 2017.
The Sauber F1 Team will provide Tatiana Calderón with an extensive Young Driver Development Program which includes professional simulator training sessions and coaching with the engineers on-site during some GP weekends as well as in Hinwil.
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We are very pleased to welcome Tatiana onboard to the Sauber family. We have the opportunities and facilities to provide Tatiana a professional platform on which she can further develop her knowledge and skills in racing. I am convinced that we can provide her lots of in-depth motorsport know-how for her future career in racing.”
“I am extremely happy to join the Sauber F1 Team as a development driver. I want to thank Monisha Kaltenborn and the whole team for giving me this opportunity, and also Escuderia Telmex for their support. I am grateful to be working with such an established Formula 1 team and to benefit from its long experience. I look forward to working with the team and learning as much as I can. It is a step closer to my dream – one day competing in Formula 1!”
I wish her good luck. It’s a quarter past time for a female F1 driver and this is one more area where I fear this year’s cars are going the wrong way. Increasing the brute force necessary to drive the car will not help a woman onto the grid. The Volvo Ocean race was reconfigured to mandate boats women could sail and the competition got better, viewership and the fanbase grew, whole new areas for marketing and growth appeared. It’s not smart to wonder how we can bring more fans to F1 while disenfranchising half the world from the sport.