Calderon to become first woman to race in F2


Tatiana Calderon will become the first woman to race in the current Formula 2 championship after announcing a deal to race for Arden this year.

Calderon, who tested an F2 car in Abu Dhabi at the end of last season, will step up to the series having raced in GP3 for the last three years which included a stint with Arden in 2016.The multiple Colombian karting champion finished runner-up in the 2015-16 MRF Challenge series. However in three years of GP3 her best championship finish was 16th with Jenzer last year.

“I’m very excited to compete in the FIA F2 Championship with Team BWT Arden in technical partnership with HWA Racelab,” said Calderon.

“It’s a new challenge in my career and a step closer to my ultimate goal to reach Formula 1,” she added. “Can’t wait for testing to start next week.”

Last year Calderon had her first run in a Formula 1 car in a filming day for Sauber at the Autodrmo Hermanos Rodriguez. She also did two days of testing in the team’s 2012 car at Fiorano.

The current Formula 2 championship replaced the GP2 series which ran between 2005 and 2016. Neither has had any female competitors during this time. However the previous Formula 2 championship, which ran between 2009 and 2012, was contested by Natacha Gachnang and Natalia Kowalska.