Sauber tester Tatiana Calderon received her first taste of Formula 1 machinery at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Tuesday.
Calderon, 25, has been affiliated with Sauber since the start of last year and for 2018 stepped up to the role of test driver.
Sauber stayed on after the Mexican Grand Prix for a day of tyre testing in association with Pirelli, with 2019 signing and current reserve Antonio Giovinazzi completing 99 laps.
Once Pirelli’s run plan was completed Calderon took over the C37 as part of a designated filming day, where running is limited to 100km, and must take place on development tyres.
“Driving the Sauber C37 was an incredible experience,” said Calderon, who completed 23 laps of the circuit.
“The power, braking and grip of this car are unbelievable, and I felt very comfortable on track.
“After a few laps, you start getting used to the speed, and I had lots of fun.
“I want to thank the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, Escuderia Telmex, Telcel, Infinitum and Claro for giving me this opportunity today, and trusting me to do the job. This is a day I will remember forever.”
Calderon holds 16th place in the GP3 Series standings.
Source: Motorsport Week