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Calderon: Formula E a “Whole New World”

Tatiana Calderon looks forward to “completely different” Formula E test opportunity…

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Tatiana Calderon says she is excited to have an opportunity of testing a DS Techeetah Formula E car in Saudi Arabia next month.

The Colombian has agreed to spend a day running alongside the team’s full-season drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer at the test which features at least seven female drivers.

“I think it’s a whole new world, a whole new experience, but I’m really looking forward to it,” Calderon told e-racing365.

“It’s a complex series, and I think the level of drivers is extremely high.”

Calderon, who has visited the DS headquarters in Satory and undertaken initial simulator work, also spoke about the complexities of this season’s new Gen 2 Formula E machinery.

“It’s completely different to anything I have driven from the engineering side, it’s quite incredible that they have so many things, and for the driver as well, you’re quite busy there,” she said.

“The race drivers will be testing as well in the other car, so I think I can learn and develop as well.”

The 25-year-old recently completed her second Formula 1 test with Alfa Romeo Sauber and has been in discussions with Formula E teams since the early summer.

“[Negotiations have] been going for a long time,” she confirmed.

“Pedro de la Rosa, we had contact with him, and they’re the defending champions, so they really wanted to do a good test with me, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity they are giving me.”

F1 Remains Key Focus

Calderon expressed her desire to make it to Formula 1 in the new future but did not discount Formula E as a possibility in furthering her single-seater career.

The 25 year-old has competed for the last three seasons in GP3 where she has scored a best result of sixth at Monza last September.

She says that while Formula E is an attractive possibility, F1 remains her ultimate target.

“Well it is growing a lot, but at the moment, what I want is Formula 1, and I will give it my best shot,” she said.

“I wouldn’t say that I’m not interested in looking at [Formula E] as a complement or as well as [another series] for the future.

“I love driving, and when this opportunity came around, I definitely said for sure I want to try it’, and I think it can complement a lot for me. You’re dealing with very professional people, so you always learn a lot.”

Luke Smith contributed to this report.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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