Tatiana Calderon ends British Gp weekend with P16 in race 2
Tatiana Calderon finished the Formula 2 Sunday's sprint race in 16th position after a challenging weekend.
After finishing on a positive P14 yesterday's feature race, the 26-year old Colombian started today's Formula 2 race from the seventh row.
As the lights went out, home driver Callum Ilott had way too much wheelspin, which allowed Louis Deletraz to immediately take the lead, as both Nyck De Vries and Jack Aitken also jumped the Sauber Junior Team poleman.
De Vries made a move on Aitken at Brooklands and the pair engaged in a breathtaking wheel to wheel battle throughout the first lap.
Calderon completed the first lap in 15th.
At the second lap, series returnee Arjun Maini made contact with Giuliano Alesi, the Frenchman coming to a stop and bringing out the Safety Car.
Maini was subsequently handed a drive through penalty for the incident.
Sergio Sette Camara switched positions with Hubert in the opening laps, while Mick Schumacher passed Matsushita and brought himself up to seventh after a charging Saturday's race.
Aitken closed in on De Vries again, as the championship leader seemingly started to struggle for pace. The Campos driver attacked the Ducthman and, after a stunning battle, took P2.
Tatiana Calderon defended the 15th position from the attacks of Boccolacci, until the French dived on the inside and made contact with the BWT Arden #18. Calderon had the worst out of it and spun, but was able to rejoin in 17th.
With possibly damaged tyres, Calderon struggled for pace and was later passed by the recovering Maini on lap 12.
Yesterday's winner Luca Ghiotto made a decisive move on Latifi for P5, while Aitken signed a 1:41.222 fastest lap as he tried to close in on Deletraz.
The light rain that had fallen on the British circuit started to intesify, but the slippery track wasn't enough to stop Aitken's charge: the Brit moved into the lead of the race with yet another jaw-dropping move at Brooklands, diving on the inside of Deletraz with locked front wheels.
Ghiotto pitted for new soft tyres in the desperate search for a bit more grip; Sette Camara followed him in the pits one lap later for a new front wing.
Schumacher chased Zhou and moved up to sixth in the closing stages of the race.
Aitken completed the 21 laps of the sprint race and brought home a win on home soil, the third of his career in F2. Behind him, it was Deletraz who finished second after another strong race for the Swiss Carlin driver.
De Vries hanged on to third despite a difficult weekend for the ART GP driver, while Callum Ilott could not convert the reverse grid pole into a podium and finished 4th.
Nicholas Latifi, De Vries closest rival in the title hunt, finihed 5th.
Tatiana Calderon passed on the last lap Raghunathan to take a 16th place after a battling British GP weekend. The Colombian has had so far difficult Sunday's races, as she seems more comfortable in feature races where tyre management skills comes into play.
Hopefully, BWT Arden and the Alfa Romeo F1 reserve driver will together find a way to improve qualifying efforts and race pace on new tyres.
F2 will be back in Budapest on 2-4 August for its round number 8.
Ph credits: F2 Media