Female Formula E driver shares stories

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

Tatiana Calderon is the most experienced driver on Brazil’s Formula E team, Kallisten E2 Racing.

The 32-year-old, who has competed in the world’s leading single-seater series since 2015, is considered to be the driver on the ground, not the driving skill as such.

Not only has she been involved in pioneering both the all-female formation racing teams and in the sport’s first overtaking race featuring one of each, Calderon is the only female on the team.

Indeed, women dominated Formula E’s initial appearance in the international arena, with Calderon joining the Isle of Man Black Stack Racing (BSR) team for its first season in 2013.

The women’s global presence now seems waning, with just 15% of race entries including female drivers, according to a recent report from the International Council of Motor Sport. The fast-growing, all-electric series is an obvious breeding ground for talented women, which has meant it had often passed over them.

In the first couple of years of the 24-hour, all-electric Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Touring Car Championship Calderon had plenty of encouraging words for women thinking of joining motorsport, but the grim economic climate had affected her plans to do so in the past.

But after being spotted by Kallisten E2 Racing’s high performance division, Derby Angels, Calderon has secured the dream to drive a privateer for the first time.

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