Sauber has praised Tatiana Calderon for delivering an excellent performance in her latest testing outing for the team in Italy this weekend.
Calderon made her Formula 1 testing debut after the Mexican Grand Prix, driving the current Sauber as part of a special promotional event at the end of Pirelli tire testing at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Sauber then handed the 25-year-old two days of running in a 2013 C32 at the Ferrari test track in Fiorano, with the team saying she “focused on qualifying and race simulations, delivering an excellent performance” and putting in “consistent lap times while demonstrating dedication and endurance.”
While running on promotional tires supplied by Pirelli, Calderon lowered her fastest lap time by over a second over the two days, clocking a best lap of 58.802 on Sunday. Completing 202 laps in total — just shy of 400 miles — Calderon says she has benefitted from the extra testing, even in a previous generation of the F1 car.
“It was another interesting day of testing,” Calderon said. “We focused on qualifying simulations in the morning, and long runs in the afternoon. Overall, the past two days have been very beneficial to my development and I have gained valuable experience.
“The team did a great job in the preparation as well as the implementation of my program and I felt comfortable in the car as well as on the track. I look forward to putting what I have learned to practice.”
The Colombian will complete the GP3 season at this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, before turning attentions to trying to secure a seat in Formula 2 next year.