GP3 Series driver and Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team test driver Tatiana Calderón says she will continue to push for an outing in a Formula 1 car this year.
Calderón races with Jenzer Motorsport in GP3 and was promoted from development driver to test driver at the beginning of the season, with the promise she would get to test drive an old Grand Prix car as part of her development.
The Colombian is still hopeful in getting to test drive a car and told Motorsport.com that she’ll aim to have discussions with the team over the next two weeks.
“We will probably discuss everything after Spa and Monza,” said Calderón. “Hopefully we get some results and we will get more news on that.
“It’s what I’ve been training for, and I’ll make sure that I do everything in my power to put pressure on them and get that first F1 experience.”
The twenty-five year old has done simulator work for the Swizz team but states that nothing can prepare you for the real thing.
“The simulator at the end of the day seems like a game,” she said. “I can’t imagine the forces that go through your body and the speeds the car have now in the cornering, the braking. I hope I get a feeling for that this year.”
Calderón currently lies seventeenth overall in the standings after what has been a difficult season for the Colombian. She has only picked up one points finish so far this year, coming at the last round at Budapest.
“In terms of points it’s been a bit disappointing,” admits Calderón. “But I feel like I’ve been competitive almost everywhere, just we lack a bit of performance in qualifying.
“In the races I’ve always come forward, I’ve had really good pace. Hopefully we can fix the problems we’ve had in qualifying to make sure we have a much stronger second half of the season.
“I want to be consistently in the points, and really challenge for the podium. That’s a realistic goal, if in the feature race we can be in the top eight it’s definitely possible.”
She is optimistic about potentially making a push for a FIA Formula 2 seat next year if she can perform well in the final four rounds and if her sponsor Escuderia Telmex would support the idea.
“If I had all the budget and the power to decide, I’d definitely choose F2,” she said. “I think it’s some of the best racing you can see, you have a pitstop, the car is close to an F1 car.
“But Escuderia Telmex is in charge of the decisions. I also have to perform and give my best in the last four rounds to make that possibility even bigger.”