Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team‘s test and development driver Tatiana Calderón will get her first outing behind the C37 in a promotion event at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
The Colombian driver has been part of the Swiss team since 2017, starting out as the team’s simulator driver before being promoted to their development driver in 2018. She also currently races in the GP3 Series with Jenzer Motorsport.
The promotional event in Mexico City on the 30th October, will see Calderón complete up to 100 kilometres around the circuit that will host the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend.
Telcel and Infinitum will be the leading sponsors behind the promotion event on the 30th and will be Sauber’s race partners during the weekend in Mexico. The Telcel logo will also be featured on the car on the rear wing and nose cone this weekend.
The twenty-five year old female driver has set her goal to drive a F1 car one day and thanks Sauber and her sponsors to the opportunity.
“I am very thankful and excited about the opportunity given to me by the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, Escudería Telmex, Telcel, Infinitum and Claro to drive a Formula One car for the first time in my career,” said Calderón.
“Since I started racing, my dream and goal has been to drive at the highest level one day. It will be an incredible experience to discover the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez from the cockpit of the Sauber C37 in Mexico City.
“As a Latin American driver, there could not be a more special place for me to make my debut behind the wheel of a Formula One car.”
Calderón’s drive behind the C37 will be the first time a Latin-American female driver will pilot an F1 car, setting a milestone for women in Motorsport at the top level.
Sauber’s Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur is pleased to reward Calderón’s first opportunity in an F1 car, saying she has been a valuable asset to the team over the last two years.
“We are pleased to announce that Tatiana Calderón will be driving our car during a Promotional Event in Mexico,” commented Vasseur.
“Over the past two years of our collaboration, Tatiana has proved to be a valuable part of our team by continuously showing her dedication to our project, as well as a very strong work ethic and enthusiasm for our sport.”
Chairman of the Board of América Móvil, Carlos Slim Domit is proud to be part of the project with Calderón that will see her become the first female Latin American to drive an F1 car and brings pride to her country of Colombia and for women in racing in general.
“We are very proud to be part of Tatiana’s project,” added Slim Domit. “Her career has been built with talent, effort, sacrifice and dedication which is widely reflected in her results that have made her the first Latin American woman to be part of a Formula One team with the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.
“This allows her to achieve a new goal representing an important step in her career and pride for all race fans in Colombia and Latin America, particularly for women and racing in general.”