|P.O.B.||Cropthorne, Worcestershire, United Kingdom|
|D.O.B.||13 June 1989|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2019 Ad Diriyah E-Prix I|
|Formula E Career|
|Total Entries||9 (9 Starts)|
James John Calado (born 13 June 1989 in Cropthorne, Worcestershire, United Kingdom) is a British racing driver, who competed in the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship with Jaguar Racing. A multiple in various junior series as well as the 2017 World Endurance Championship Champion for GTE-Pro, Calado would join the Jaguar FE team to partner Mitch Evans, having helped develop their car for the 2019/20 season.
Calado would be overshadowed by Evans across the season, and would miss the final two races of the delayed season due to commitments in the WEC. Finishing down in nineteenth in the Championship, 'Calado would lose his Jaguar seat to Ferrari GTE teammate Sam Bird for the 2020/21 season.
Calado began his karting career in 1999, racing in the cadets category. From there he partook in multiple championships and claimed multiple titles, including those of British Cadet Champion in 2001 and ICA European Champion in 2005 as well as finishing runner-up in the ICA Junior European Championship in 2003 and the 2006 International Kart Grand Prix at Macau. Among the drivers Calado raced against included Formula E drivers Sébastien Buemi, Jean-Éric Vergne and Jaime Alguersuari and the late Jules Bianchi.
In 2008, Calado made his debut in single-seaters, contesting the Formula Renault UK championship with Fortec, and became one of the first racers to receive backing from the newly formed Racing Steps Foundation (the other being Oliver Turvey). Contesting two years of the championship, Calado finished his debut season sixth, achieving his maiden win at Snetterton, and ended as runner-up of the 2009 championship, whilst also claiming titles in the Formula Renault UK Winter Cup and Portuguese Winter Series. For his performances, Calado was shortlisted for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in October 2009.
In 2010, Calado joined Carlin to contest the British Formula 3 championship. Claiming five wins across the season, Calado finished championship runner-up to teammate Jean-Éric Vergne.
Support Race Surge
In 2011, Calado moved to F1 support race series GP3 with team champions ART Grand Prix (then known as Lotus ART). Achieving a race win in Valencia, consistent performances were enough for Calado to finish second to teammate and future F1 driver Valtteri Bottas. After contesting a non-points round at Yas Marina in 2011 (in which he took victory in the sprint race), Calado graduated to GP2 the following year, reuniting with ART (racing under the name Lotus GP) and partnering future F1 and Formula E driver Esteban Gutiérrez. Achieving two sprint race wins at Sepang and Hockenheim, Calado ended the year fifth overall.
Calado returned to GP2 in 2013, once again partnering with ART but this time serving as teammate to Daniel Abt. Taking two wins in the sprint races at Spa-Francorchamps and the season finale at Yas Marina, Calado finished the season third behind Sam Bird and champion Fabio Leimer. Calado's reward for his GP2 form was to be named as the third driver by the Sahara Force India F1 team in September 2013, having attended the young drivers test at Silverstone with them earlier in the season.
Since 2014, Calado has served as a member of the Ferrari stable, competing in the FIA WEC with AF Corse. In 2017, Calado and his teammates won the LMGTE Pro title and two years later achieved victory in the 24 Hours at Le Mans.
Formula E History
In June 2019, Calado partook in track and simulator tests for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, getting his first taste of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as a result as Jaguar evaluated a permanent replacement for Nelson Piquet Jr. In September 2019, Calado was speculated to partner former GP3 and GP2 rival Mitch Evans at the British outfit for the 2019/20 season, a deal that was officially announced on 2 October 2019, with Calado using #51 as his race number.
Full Formula E Record
Shown below are a series of tables outlining James Calado's career in Formula E in statistical form.
Formula E Entries
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for James Calado during their FE career:
|James Calado's Overall Formula E Record|
|2019/20||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||51||Jaguar I-Type IV||19th||10|
Below is a table showing James Calado's full Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Images and Videos:
- 'James Calado completes Jaguar line up, ‘lighter’ 2019/20 challenger revealed ', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/10/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/october/james-calado-signs-to-jaguar, (Accessed 02/10/2019)
- Sam Smith, 'Calado Tests for Jaguar', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 06/06/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/calado-tests-for-jaguar/, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
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- 'James Calado: TonyKart Wanted To Stop Me Moving Forward In My Career', karting1.co.uk, (Karting1, 17/02/2012), http://www.karting1.co.uk/james-calado-tonykart-wanted-to-stop-me-moving-forward-in-my-career/, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- Marcus Simmons, 'RSF's legacy to British Motorsport', Autosport, (Haymarket Publications, 05/06/2018) https://www.pressreader.com/uk/autosport-uk/20180705/283583811140432, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- 'Keops are proud to sponsor Formula 3 racing driver James Calado', logcabins.co.uk, (Keops, 15/09/2017), https://logcabins.co.uk/keops-are-proud-to-sponsor-formula-3-racing-driver-james-calado/, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- Kevin Turner, 'McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC list revealed', Autosport, (Haymarket Publications, 09/10/2019), http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/79348 (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- Ben Anderson, 'Carlin signs Calado for British F3', Autosport, (Motorsport Network, 14/10/2009), https://www.autosport.com/f3/news/79423/carlin-signs-calado-for-british-f3, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- Peter Allen, 'In contention for the GP3 title: James Calado', formulascout.com, (FormulaScout, 30/08/2011), http://www.formulascout.com/in-contention-for-the-gp3-title-james-calado/377, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- 'LOTUS ART COMPLETE 2012 LINE UP', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 25/10/2011), https://web.archive.org/web/20111028015822/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2011/10_October/Lotus-ART-complete-2012-line-up/, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- Matt Beer, 'Calado stays with ART-run Lotus team for 2013 GP2 campaign', Autosport, (Motorsport Network, 11/12/12), https://www.autosport.com/f2/news/104790/calado-stays-with-lotus-for-2013, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- Andrew Benson, 'James Calado: Force India name Englishman as reserve driver', bbc.co.uk, (BBC Sport, 02/09/2013), https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/23936550, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- Antonio Caruccio, 'Calado il pilota scelto per il WEC con AF Corse (Calado the pilot chosen for the WEC with AF Corse)', italiaracing.net, (ItaliaRacing, 13/03/2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20140313090705/http://italiaracing.net/notizia.asp?id=43809&cat=69#.UyEoqj9_uT9, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- '2017 FIA WEC Champions crowned', fiawec.com, (FIA World Endurance Championship, 09/12/2017), https://www.fiawec.com/en/news/2017-fia-wec-champions-crowned/5720, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- 'THE 2019 24 HOURS OF LE MANS FOR AF CORSE (LMGTE PRO)', lemans.org, (24 Hours of Le Mans, 02/07/2019), https://www.lemans.org/en/news/the-2019-24-hours-of-le-mans-for-af-corse-lmgte-pro/52504, (Accessed 25/09/2019)
- Sam Smith, 'Calado Primed for Jaguar Race Seat', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 25/09/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/calado-primed-for-jaguar-race-seat/, (Accessed 25/09/2019)