The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team – the new Formula One racing team born out of a partnership between Switzerland’s Sauber F1, Ferrari, and Alfa Romeo – has named a new Test Driver for the 2018 F1 season: Tatiana Calderón. Previously, the 24-year-old Colombian woman served as a Development Driver for the Sauber F1 Team; in her new role, she’ll participate in simulator training sessions at the team’s Hinwil, Switzerland headquarters and in-car coaching sessions with engineers both at HQ and on-site during several race weekends.
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s new Test Driver started her racing career at just nine years old, winning National Championships in Colombia and the United States. She drove single-seaters in the IndyCar-sanctioned “Star Mazda” series – now the “Pro Mazda Championship” – and then moved to Europe to compete (and podium) in series such as Euroformula Open, British F3, FIA F3, and GP3. In addition to fulfilling her duties as Alfa Romeo Sauber F1’s Test Driver, Calderón will again run in the GP3 Series this season.
“I am very pleased to confirm my role as Test Driver for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team in the 2018 season,” Tatiana Calderón said. “This collaboration will build upon the experience that I have gained as Development Driver with the team over the past year, and I look forward to continuing on this positive path together. I have been able to substantially expand and develop my skills as a race driver, and I am convinced that I will be doing so throughout this year.”
She continued: “I would like to thank the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for this marvelous opportunity, which would not have been possible without the long-term support that I am receiving from Escuderia Telmex. I look forward to this season, and will give my all to demonstrate my capabilities in both GP3 and Formula 1.”