Yesterday, Sauber announced the appointment of their new development driver Tatiana Calderón.
The 23 year old from Columbia started as many F1 drivers do – in karting – at the age of nine. She has since competed in several single seater racing series in Europe, including finishing second overall in the MRF Challenge Formula 2000. A year later, Calderon moved on to GP3 and will continue this into 2017.
Sauber have said that they will put her through their young driver programme with access to simulators and coaching from F1 engineers during some of the GP weekends.
Team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn had this to say:
We are very pleased to welcome Tatiana onboard to the Sauber family. We have the opportunities and facilities to provide Tatiana a professional platform on which she can further develop her knowledge and skills in racing. I am convinced that we can provide her lots of in-depth motorsport know-how for her future career in racing.
It definitely sounds promising and more of a regular occurrence to see women in Formula 1, both on and off the track.
Tatiana commented on her new role:
I am extremely happy to join the Sauber F1 Team as a development driver. I want to thank Monisha Kaltenborn and the whole team for giving me this opportunity, and also Escuderia Telmex for their support. I am grateful to be working with such an established Formula 1 team and to benefit from its long experience. I look forward to working with the team and learning as much as I can. It is a step closer to my dream – one day competing in Formula 1!
All the best to her and the rest of the team!