Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team has promoted 24-year-old Colombian race driver Tatiana Calderon to their test driver position alongside the full-time line-up of Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc.

At 17 years old, Calderon made her professional racing debut in the Star Mazda Championship in the United States. The very next year, she made her mark in Europe competing in the Open, British and European Formula 3 championships in 2011.

Last year, Tatiana contested the GP3 Series racing with the motorsport giant DAMS team alongside a development driver role at Sauber. As well as her promotion to test driver, she will continue to race in the GP3 Series this season with Swiss team Jenzer Motorsport supporting all of the European F1 leg bar the Monaco Grand Prix.

“I am very pleased to confirm my role as Test Driver for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team in the 2018 season,” said Calderon after the announcement.

“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.”

“We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with Tatiana Calderón as our Test Driver.” added a pleased Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo Sauber F1.

“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.”

It is unlikely that Calderon will take part in any FP1 runs this season as she is yet gain her FIA Grade Super license. So far, she is set to participate in simulator training sessions and coaching with engineers at Grand Prix weekends and back at the team’s Swiss base in Hinwil.

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