By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team has announced that Tatiana Calderon has been placed as a test driver for the 2018 Formula 1 season.
The 24-year-old Colombian was a development driver with the the Switzerland-based squad in 2017 prior to the newly promoted role. Her new responsibilities will include training sessions in the simulator and “coaching with engineers both on-site during several GP weekends, as well as at the team’s headquarters.”
In addition to being a test driver, Calderon is also taking part in the GP3 Series in 2018. Overall, the move is a positive one for her growth and experience in the sport.
“I am very pleased to confirm my role as Test Driver for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team in the 2018 season,” said Calderon.
“This collaboration will build upon the experience that I have gained as Development Driver with the team over the past year, and I look forward to continuing on this positive path together. I have been able to substantially expand and develop my skills as a race driver, and I am convinced that I will be doing so throughout this year.
“I would like to thank the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for this marvelous opportunity, which would not have been possible without the long-term support that I am receiving from Escuderia Telmex. I look forward to this season, and will give my all to demonstrate my capabilities in both GP3 and Formula 1.”
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, added his positive impressions of Calderon’s promotion.
“We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with Tatiana Calderón as our Test Driver,” said Vasseur.
“Tatiana is a very hard-working person, who has impressed the team with her focus and dedication. She has made good progress as a driver, developing both her mental and physical capacities continuously over the past few years. We look forward to having Tatiana on board for our first chapter as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.”