The Sauber F1 Team is continuing its push to promote female racing drivers up the motorsport ladder by signing Tatiana Calderón as its new development driver.

The 23-year-old Colombian spread her racing commitments across the GP3 Series, Euroformula Open and Spanish F3 championships last year after finishing as championship runner-up in the 2015-16 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 championship.

Prior to this, she spent three seasons competing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship (with 15th overall in 2014 her best championship result) and two seasons in the American-based Star Mazda Championship where she claimed two podium finishes.

Calderón will receive a number of simulator outings at Sauber’s Hinwil factory, as well as attend selected Grands Prix where she will work alongside and receive coaching from the team’s engineers.

After finishing 21st overall in her maiden GP3 Series season with the Arden team, Calderón will switch to the DAMS outfit as teammate to Haas F1 Team protégé Santino Ferrucci and former Formula 4 Sudamericana champion Bruno Baptista.

“I am extremely happy to join Sauber as a development driver,” she said.

“I want to thank Monisha Kaltenborn [Team Principal] 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.”

Calderón is the second female racing driver signed to Sauber’s development roster. In 2014, the team appointed Simona de Silvestro as an ‘affiliated driver’ with the intention of promoting her to Formula 1. The Swiss had two test outings for the team in a 2012-spec Sauber, but the project failed to translate into anything further when de Silvestro’s sponsors pulled the pin on the programme.

Image via Tatiana Calderon

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