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Tatiana Calderon is one of the Formula Two contenders for a Formula One drive next year. She also drives for Mattia Binotto’s Albertsetta Giuseppe team.
Calderon’s story to date Started life as one of five girls in a 1960s Chilean mining town, then survived as a courier between drugs traffickers and secret police. Aged 14 she fell for a gang member who asked her to do his dirty work but, helped by her father, she was able to flee. At the age of 19 Calderon was driven to the Andes by a reluctant lover who promised her her first trip around the world. But, angered by the choice he made, the driver shot himself dead. Later she found herself driving along dirt roads in Chile helping rural families with their deliveries to help them cope with the devastation of a food crisis. In 2004 she travelled to Ecuador, pretending to be a passenger in a truck, with the intent of meeting a young woman who was having trouble getting an abortion. She found her in a clinic and was sent to the most prestigious clinic in the capital, Quito. Having survived sexual abuse and poverty, Calderon believes it is important to show that one person can make a difference.
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