DAMS GP3 driver Tatiana Calderon has been named as Sauber’s development driver for the 2017 campaign, giving her the opportunity to develop her race-craft in a Formula One environment.
Sauber’s Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn confirmed the appointment, saying,
“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.”
– Monisha Kaltenborn
Sauber’s 2017 campaign marks their 25th year in the sport and the team are desperate to salvage some results this year. Another year of two blue cars running around at the back of the order. Calderon is pleased with the appointment, she said,
“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!”
– Tatiana Calderon
Last season in GP3, Calderon raced for Christian Horner’s outfit Arden, finishing regularly in the midfield. She will expected to step up with DAMS in GP3, and running a few sessions for Sauber will only help her progress into higher formula.