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Tatiana Calderon felt “worthy” for the first time – Motorsports

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 test driver Calderon had the amazing opportunity to compete in Japan’s best single-seater series in 2020, but at the forefront of Drago’s first Super Formula campaign since 2016. I faced the challenge of standing up.

She missed two races at the beginning of the year due to driving restrictions and achieved the best finish in 12th place twice, and although she could not try to get points at the Fuji Speedway Finale due to clutch trouble, the fastest lap of the 5th time Won. race.

Calderon looks back on his first season of racing in Japan and has a five-race campaign with Drago for her season in the European single-seater ladder, including three seasons of GP3 and one season of Formula 2 in 2016-18. Last year I explained that it was much more fun than any of them.

“Here I am much more relaxed,” Calderon told Motorsport.com. “I think it makes a big difference when people have an atmosphere of wanting you to do well and they are really trying to make you feel worthwhile.

“This year was the first time in my career that I felt this feeling. It was a really nice feeling. People believe in me here, and that’s another way of working that I really enjoy.

“This is one of the years I enjoyed the most and I want to keep this feeling. When I’m happy, my performance improves. I’m very happy here.”

Tatiana Calderon (ThreeBond Drago CORSE)

Photo: Masahide Kamio

Calderon arrived in Super Formula after a particularly tough year in F2 and failed to score points in a campaign hurt by the death of HWA teammate Anthoine Hubert.

The Colombians said it took most of the season to rediscover the confidence she lost.

“I think I couldn’t show myself in F2 because I wasn’t used to the atmosphere and the car itself,” Calderon said. “I lost a lot of confidence and had to regain it.

“There aren’t more difficult scenarios I can face as a driver than this year. I don’t have new teams, teammates, I don’t know the track, I’ve never been to Japan … and I wasn’t in another race. Fighting people, I got better towards the end.

“I still feel that I am getting better, so I am very much looking forward to the future where I can continue to make progress.”

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Calderon is optimistic that he will continue to combine Super Formula with Richard Mille’s LMP2 commitment this year.

If she stays in Dragokors, it’s the first time she’s entered the second season in a single-seater career since racing with Yunkos Racing at the Star Mazda Championship (now IndyCar 2000) in 2010-11. That is.

“I’m a driver who needs continuity,” admitted Calderon. “I showed it in GP3. Towards the end of each season, I started to feel comfortable with everyone and the car, so I did the best performance.

“But at the end of the season, I always get there and it feels like,’Wow, I have to start from scratch again.’ [with another team]..

“You can start from where you left off, but continuity is important, so I hope to secure this seat again this year.”

Tatiana Calderon (ThreeBond Drago Corse)

Tatiana Calderon (ThreeBond Drago Corse)

Photo: Masahide Kamio

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Tatiana Calderon felt “worthy” for the first time

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