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Calderon becomes first ever female Super Formula driver

  • Published on 10 Jan 2020 11:28
  • comments 6
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Tatiana Calderon will race in the upcoming season of Super Formula, becoming the first female in the series' history to do so. 

Calderon competed in the FIA Formula 2 championship in 2019 with BWT Arden, following on from a number of years racing at a Formula 3 level.

The Colombian has signed a deal with the Drago Corse with ThreeBond team to race in the Japanese championship. 

"I’m very happy to continue to race at a very high level in 2020 and take on the challenge of Super Formula. Everything will be new for me, which means there will be a lot to learn, but that motivates me as it will help me to continue developing,” said Calderon.

“It’s a new country, a different language, new tracks and a new car, which seems to be massively quick. I thank Ryo Michigami, ThreeBond and Honda for their trust and I’m glad to count on them for my debut in Japan.”

Calderon lost her drive in the F2 championship when HWA, who completed its takeover of the Arden team for 2020, announced Artem Markelov and Giuliano Alesi as its full-time drivers. 

Drago Corse team founder Ryo Michigami added: “With ThreeBond DragoCORSE participating in the Super Formula series from this year, we conducted an extensive search for a driver and decided on Colombian female driver Tatiana Calderon.

“With this, we have fulfilled another of my wishes for ThreeBond DragoCORSE: to always strive after new things and create history. 

“I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to ThreeBond Co., Ltd., who gave us this chance, and to all who put their efforts into this team. 

“I encourage you to be on the lookout for ThreeBond DragoCORSE and the girl power of Tatiana Calderon. And I hope to see all of our fans at the circuit!”

Replies (6)

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  • she should consider herself lucky considering how poor her f2 year was

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    • Jan 10 2020 - 12:31
    • And somehow she is still Alfa Romeo's "development driver" is she not?

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      • Jan 10 2020 - 14:27
  • LuXe

    Posts: 6

    She is PR and marketing driver

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    • Jan 10 2020 - 14:29
  • f1dave

    Posts: 722

    Check her career summary on Wikipedia. How anybody with that little talent is driving in any series is beyond understanding. I think the key word in this whole article is "female".

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    • Jan 10 2020 - 19:23
    • i hate to admit it but yes. and people out there will criticise me for saying it. But she's simply not fast enough to hold an official F1 role. it's all marketing.

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      • Jan 10 2020 - 23:38
  • xoya

    Posts: 514

    One of the worst driver to ever drive any car. I think there are way better road car drivers than her.

    • + 1
    • Jan 11 2020 - 13:55

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