F2: CALDERON OUT IN FIRST LAP INCIDENT
Not the luckiest of weekends for Tatiana Calderon in Azerbaijan
Starting from the back of the grid after yesterday's unfortunate retirement, Tatiana Calderon made a flashing start and made up plenty of positions by turn 1. She kept the momentum and, going towards turn 2, she went aggressively on the inside to pass more opponents.
But, on cold tyres, she locked-up and went wide colliding with Boschung and Deletraz.
Sunday's race was over before it started for Calderon, whose accident brought out the Safety Car.
Unfortunately a common mistake and a frequent situation to be involved in when starting towards the back of the grid. And while the weekend surely didn't play out the way Calderon would have wanted, the Colombian comes home breaking another barrier: she is in fact the first woman to ever lead a race in Formula 2 and at this level.
The 26 year-old has shown some good in-race pace and is now looking forward to improve her qualifying performance which would be vital to avoid typical first lap troubles.
Nevertheless, Calderon's tyre management on the long run has so far allowed BWT Arden to pursue different strategies and this is undeniably encouraging news for the rounds to come.
Update: Calderon has been handed a 3-places grid drop for Barcelona following her over-ambitious move at turn 2, for which she promptly apologized:
“I apologise and I hope that we can carry some good things we learned here into Barcelona.” - she commented on motorsport.com.
In her words:
“Not much to say about race 2, learn from my mistakes and move on! Barcelona up next."