Alfa Romeo’s Tatiana Calderon will become the first-ever female driver to race in the Japanese Super Formula series.
The 26-year-old Colombian has been confirmed as one of the new drivers for the returning Drago Corse – powered by Honda – who are back in the series for the first time since 2016.
Calderon’s switch to the Super Formula series comes after a 2019 season which saw her finish P22 in her first Formula 2 World Championship season with BWT Arden.
That team has now been taken over by HWA Racelab, who snapped up Giuliano Alesi and Artem Markelov for the 2020 season.
“I’m very happy to continue to race at a very high level in 2020 and take on the challenge of Super Formula,” said Calderon.
“Everything will be new for me, which means there will be a lot to learn, but that motivates me as it will help me to continue developing.
“It’s a new country, a different language, new tracks and a new car, which seems to be massively quick. I thank Ryo Michigami, ThreeBond and Honda for their trust and I’m glad to count on them for my debut in Japan.”
Team owner Ryo Michigami added: “With ThreeBond Drago Corse participating in the Super Formula series from this year, we conducted an extensive search for a driver and decided on Colombian female driver Tatiana Calderon.
“With this, we have fulfilled another of my wishes for ThreeBond Drago Corse: to always strive after new things and create history.
“I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to ThreeBond Co, Ltd, who gave us this chance, and to all who put their efforts into this team.”
Calderon has been on the books at Alfa Romeo since 2017 as a test driver for the Formula 1 team formerly known as Sauber.