Motor racing - Sauber F1 team appoint female test driver

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FILE PHOTO - Motor Sport - 2013 FIA Formula 3 Euope Championship - Silverstone - 13/4/13 Tatiana Calderon of Double R Racing in action Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Matthew Childs

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FILE PHOTO - Motor Sport - 2013 FIA Formula 3 Euope Championship - Silverstone - 13/4/13 Tatiana Calderon of Double R Racing in action Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Matthew Childs

(Reuters) - Sauber have promoted female Colombian racer Tatiana Calderon to the role of Formula One test driver after a year in a development role.

The 24-year-old, who is backed by the team's Mexican sponsor Telmex, is competing in the GP3 series again this season after finishing 18th overall last year.

Swiss-based Sauber were the first Formula One team to have a female principal, although Monisha Kaltenborn departed last year. They also had Swiss racer Simona de Silvestro as an 'affiliated driver' in 2014.

Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, who raced for Ferrari-powered Sauber as a stand-in last year, is the reserve driver.

Formula One has not had a woman driver start a grand prix since 1976.


(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Jon Boyle)

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