James Calado

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James Calado
Nationality  British
Born (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 25)
Cropthorne, United Kingdom
2014 WEC
Debut season 2014
Current team AF Corse
Car no. 71
Starts 2
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
20122013
2011
2010
2009
200809
2008
2008
2008
GP2 Series
GP3 Series
British Formula Three
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
FR2.0 Portugal Winter Series
FR2.0 UK Winter Series
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Championship titles
2008
2008
FR2.0 Portugal Winter Series
FR2.0 UK Winter Series

James John Calado (born 13 June 1989 in Cropthorne, Worcestershire) is a British racing driver from England, currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship for AF Corse. His career has been funded by the Racing Steps Foundation.[1]

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Calado had an extensive karting career, starting out at Cadets level in 1999. After being a member of the 2000 championship-winning England Inter-Nations Cadet Team, Calado won the British Cadet Championship in 2001, and also finished runner-up to Daniel Rowbottom in the Super 1 Cadet series, losing out by thirteen points. In 2002, Calado stepped up to TKM Juniors, finishing fifth in the Super 1 championship. 2003 saw Calado contest pan-European series for the first time, driving a Gillard Parilla kart for the PDB Racing Team in the ICA Junior class. He finished runner-up to Nicholas Risitano in the European Championship, beating future Formula One drivers Sébastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari.

He moved to Tony Kart for the 2004 season, and once again finished in the top three of the European Championship; this time finishing third behind Stefano Coletti and Jules Bianchi. He also finished fifth in the Andrea Margutti Trophy, and ninth in the Italian Open Masters. He moved up to the ICA class in 2005, and won the European Championship ahead of his future team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne, and also finished runner-up to Armando Parente in the Italian Open Masters. He returned to the UK to contest the Renault Elite League in the Super Libre class, finishing seventh in the championship.

Calado moved into the top class of international karting in 2006, moving into the Formula A class. Sixth in the Italian Open Masters, Calado went to Macau for the International Kart Grand Prix, where he finished as runner-up to Michael Christensen. His final season of karting, in 2007, saw his fourth top-five placing in the European Championship, as well as a third place finish in the Margutti Trophy. He also placed ninth in the South Garda Winter Cup.

Formula Renault[edit]

Calado competing during the 2008 Formula Renault UK season at Oulton Park.

Calado moved into the British Formula Renault Championship for the 2008 season, driving for Fortec Motorsport.[2] With no prior single-seater experience, Calado was placed into the Graduate Cup for first-year drivers. Calado finished runner-up to Dean Stoneman in that championship, and he finished seventh in the overall championship. He took two pole positions at Snetterton and Oulton Park, with one victory coming at Snetterton from that pole. He also earned three other podium placings throughout the season. Calado also contested two rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup at Zolder and Spa-Francorchamps. He earned two top-five finishes en route to finishing 25th in the overall championship standings, amassing 38 points. At the conclusion of the season, Calado enter the Winter Series of both the British and Portuguese Formula Renault championships. Over the two championships' eight total races, Calado took five pole positions, six fastest laps and five victories en route to both championships; holding Henry Surtees off by just three points in the British Winter Series.[3]

Calado competing during the 2009 Formula Renault UK season at Oulton Park.

Calado continued in the British series for the 2009 season, staying with Fortec for his sophomore campaign.[4] Calado and Alpine Motorsport's Stoneman, both in their second season and boasting victories in their début season in the series, with pre-season testing further backing media predictions that the championship would most likely be decided between the pair.[5] Calado was the most successful driver in the series, taking a total of eight victories, winning races at seven of the championship's ten meetings during the season. He also earned ten pole positions, and set the fastest lap of the race on seven occasions. However, retirements at Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft took the title out of the hands of Calado and into the hands of Dean Smith, who joined the series at the second round of the championship. Calado ultimately finished as runner-up behind Smith, 34 points behind the Wolverhampton driver. Calado also contested three rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 for Fortec, competing in Barcelona, Spa and Le Mans. He finished seventeenth in the championship, amassing ten points from a fifth in Barcelona and seventh at Spa. He lost a podium finish at Barcelona due to a puncture with two laps remaining,[6] which could have ultimately turned into a win after the post-race disqualification of winner Albert Costa.[7]

Formula Three (2010)[edit]

Calado moved into the British Formula Three Championship for the 2010 season, as part of a six-car title challenge by Carlin.[1] He was the second RSF-funded driver to drive for the team, after Oliver Turvey finished runner-up in the 2008 championship. He took five victories to finish second in the championship, behind runaway leader Jean-Éric Vergne.

GP3 Series (2011)[edit]

Calado moved up to the GP3 Series for 2011, driving for the Lotus ART team alongside Pedro Nunes, Richie Stanaway and Valtteri Bottas. In a successful season for ART, Bottas won the championship whilst Calado backed him up with second in the drivers' standings, taking a single win at Valencia and five further podium finishes. ART also won the teams' championship.

GP2 Series (2011-2013)[edit]

Calado winning the Belgium 2013 GP2 Grand Prix

Calado made his GP2 Series début by driving for ART in the non-championship race at Yas Marina which concluded the 2011 season. He had a victorious race in the sprint race, the second race of the weekend. He joined the Lotus-branded team full-time for the 2012 season, alongside second-year driver Esteban Gutiérrez.[8] He continued his form from the non-championship race by winning the sprint race of the first round of the season in Malaysia. After taking pole positions for the Spanish rounds at Catalunya and Valencia, but not being able to convert them into victories, he won his second race of the season at Hockenheim. At this stage of the championship, he was third in the drivers' standings, but a poor run in the final four races—after crashing in practice at Monza and suffering from food poisoning in Singapore saw him overhauled by team-mate Gutiérrez and compatriot Max Chilton. Nevertheless, his fifth place in the championship meant that he finished the season as the series' most successful rookie driver, ahead of Felipe Nasr in tenth position. Autosport magazine rated Calado as the GP2 season's best driver, due to his inexperience compared to the drivers who finished ahead of him in the championship.[9]

Formula One[edit]

Force India (2013)[edit]

Partway through the 2013 season, Formula One team Force India selected him for the Young Driver's test in July, held at Silverstone.[10] He had a successful test, setting the fourth fastest time on the first day.[10] As a result of this, and his good GP2 form, Force India announced that they had selected Calado as their third driver for the Italian Grand Prix on 2 September 2013, and that he would run in the first practice session.[11]

FIA World Endurance Championship[edit]

AF Corse[edit]

For 2014, Calado joined Italian Davide Rigon at AF Corse, making his debut at the 6 Hours of Silverstone where the pair finished in 5th position behind their teammates, Finn Toni Vilander and Italian Gianmaria Bruni. Calado and Rigon celebrated a podium in the second race of the season at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. For Calado it was his first podium in sportcars.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 British Formula Renault 2.0 Fortec Motorsport 20 1 2 0 4 292 7th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 3 0 0 0 0 38 25th
British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series 4 2 3 4 3 116 1st
Portuguese Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series 4 3 2 2 4 60 1st
2009 British Formula Renault 2.0 Fortec Motorsport 20 8 10 7 12 457 2nd
Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 6 0 0 1 0 10 17th
2010 British Formula Three Championship Carlin 30 5 2 4 12 293 2nd
2011 GP3 Series Lotus ART 16 1 1 2 6 55 2nd
GP2 Final 2 1 0 0 1 7 5th
2012 GP2 Series Lotus GP 24 2 2 1 7 160 5th
2013 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 22 2 0 2 7 157 3rd
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship AF Corse 2 0 0 0 1 25* 12th*

* Season in progress

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2011 Lotus ART TUR
FEA

27
TUR
SPR

13
ESP
FEA

2
ESP
SPR

21
VAL
FEA

8
VAL
SPR

1
GBR
FEA

6
GBR
SPR

5
GER
FEA

4
GER
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

25
HUN
SPR

3
BEL
FEA

2
BEL
SPR

2
ITA
FEA

2
ITA
SPR

14
2nd 55

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2012 Lotus GP MYS
FEA

8
MYS
SPR

1
BHR1
FEA

5
BHR1
SPR

3
BHR2
FEA

16
BHR2
SPR

12
ESP
FEA

2
ESP
SPR

4
MON
FEA

7
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

8
VAL
SPR

2
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

20
GER
FEA

8
GER
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

6
BEL
FEA

2
BEL
SPR

3
ITA
FEA

12
ITA
SPR

14
SIN
FEA

Ret
SIN
SPR

10
5th 160
2013 ART Grand Prix MYS
FEA

2
MYS
SPR

Ret
BHR
FEA

12
BHR
SPR

5
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

11
MON
FEA

5
MON
SPR

5
GBR
FEA

9
GBR
SPR

3
GER
FEA

2
GER
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

9
HUN
SPR

6
BEL
FEA

8
BEL
SPR

1
ITA
FEA

6
ITA
SPR

26
SIN
FEA

3
SIN
SPR

19
ABU
FEA

6
ABU
SPR

1
3rd 157

Complete Formula One participations[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2013 Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM06 Mercedes FO 108Z 2.4 V8 AUS
MAL
CHN
BHR
ESP
MON
CAN
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
TD
SIN
KOR
TD
JPN
IND
TD
ABU
TD
USA
BRA
TD
- -

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2014 AF Corse LMGTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 SIL
5
SPA
3
LMS
WD
COA
7
FUJ
SHA
BHR
SÃO
12th* 31*

* Season in progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Anderson, Ben (14 October 2009). "Carlin signs Calado for British F3". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Calado targets strong show at Brands". racingsteps.co.uk (Racing Steps Foundation). 8 March 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Calado charges to winter title No 2". racingsteps.co.uk (Racing Steps Foundation). 29 November 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  4. ^ "Reigning Champions Join Newcomer In Formula Renault UK". Renault Sport (British Formula Renault Championship). 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Bucking the downturn". Autosport 196 (1): pp. 106–107. 2 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Puncture deprives Calado of Eurocup win". racingsteps.co.uk (Racing Steps Foundation). 18 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  7. ^ "Albert Costa disqualified, Nathanaël Berthon is winner". renault-sport.com (Renault Sport). 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  8. ^ "Lotus ART complete 2012 line up". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 25 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  9. ^ Arron, Simon (2011-10-12). "The top 10 GP2 drivers of 2012". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  10. ^ a b Allen, James (17 July 2013). "Young Driver Test Day One: McLaren's Magnussen tops timesheets". James Allen on F1. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rising British star James Calado joins Force India as third drive". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 

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