Tatiana Calderon will make the move up to the FIA Formula 2 championship this season after securing a deal with BWT Arden, lining up alongside GP3 Series champion Anthoine Hubert.

The 25-year-old, who has acted as development and test driver for F1 squad Sauber over the last two years, steps up to the premier class feeder series on a return to Arden having competed for the team in GP3 in 2016.

Having impressed at the post-season F2 test in Abu Dhabi, Calderon takes on her maiden campaign in the series and is relishing the new opportunity after three consecutive years in GP3.

“I’m very excited to compete in the FIA F2 Championship with Team BWT Arden in technical partnership with HWA Racelab,” Calderon said. “It is a new challenge in my career and a step closer to my ultimate goal: Formula 1.

“I want to thank my sponsors Coldeportes and Escudería Telmex-Claro for making it happen and to my family for always giving me their unconditional support. I’m sure we will achieve great things together. I can’t wait for testing to start next week.”

Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha M1

The deal also confirms a new technical partnership between Arden and HWA Racelab who also compete in Formula E.