James Calado

Focused on the title
Focused on the titleJames Calado, who returns to the GP2 series for a second year in 2013 for a second tilt at the title. (Picture: Alastair Staley / GP2 Media Service)

Born 13 June 1989
Oxford, England
Part time driver coach
Racing Steps Foundation Seat
2013 GP2 Series
Race Car
GP2/11 Dallara powered by Mecachrome-Renault 4.0-litre DOHC V8
ART Grand Prix
Team Mate
Daniel Abt (GER)

James' love of motorsport grew from the age of four when he took up quad biking, an interest that was quickly overtaken by karting.

On the back of five novice wins in 1999, a competition licence followed along with numerous wins and his local club's kart championship.

Then, in 2001, having finished second in the British Super One Cadet Championship, he was invited to join the highly-rated Zip Young Guns team, finishing off the season with the MSA British Cadet Championship.

Two years later he raced in Europe with 1980 World Kart Champion Peter De Bruijn's PDB team. That season he established his Euro-credentials with fifth place in the JICA Italian Open Championship and as runner-up in the JICA European Championship.

On the back of the competitive performances, he won a place in the elite Italian Tony Kart racing squad with which he clinched the 2005 ICA European Kart Championship. Over the following two years he competed in Italian Formula A and European KF1, signing off with fifth place in the KF1 European Championship and third in the Margutti Trophy series.

In 2007, with little left to prove, he harboured ambitions of making the transition from karts to cars but, like many other talented young drivers, could not see beyond the dream due to an acute shortage of finance.

The dilemma over what to do next was eventually resolved when he won a shoot-out to clinch the RSF Formula Renault UK seat for 2008.

In his rookie year he finished runner up in the Graduate Cup before moving on to win the Formula Renault UK and Portugal Winter Cups. He rounded off his two year stint in the formula as Vice-Champion.

In 2010 he competed in the British F3 International series with Carlin completing the year as Vice-Champion behind team mate Jean-Eric Vergne before switching to GP3 in 2011 with ART Grand Prix.

Once again he ended the year as Vice-Champion after taking the title race and team-mate and ultimate Champion Valtteri Bottas to the wire.

In 2012 he stepped up to GP2, the premier F1 feeder series, with the same championship-winning squad, missing out on third place in the championship after picking up a mystery bug at the final round in Singapore.

He ended his maiden campaign in fifth place in the standings and picked up the 'Best Rookie' award.

In 2013 he returns to the series with ART Grand Prix for a second tilt at the title.

Racing CV


GP2 Series
5th (2 wins, 2 pole positions, 3 reverse pole positions, 7 podium finishes, 1 fastest lap, 'Best Rookie')


GP2 Series Non-Championship Final (Abu Dhabi)
5th (1 win, 1 reverse pole position, 1 podium)
GP3 Series
Vice-Champion (1 win, 1 pole position, 1 reverse pole position, 6 podium finishes, 2 fastest laps)


British F3 International Championship
Vice-Champion (5 wins, 2 pole positions, 12 podium finishes, 4 fastest laps)
Awarded BRDC Spencer-Charrington Trophy as highest placed British driver in championship


Formula Renault UK Championship
Vice-Champion (8 wins, 10 pole positions, 12 podium finishes, 7 fastest laps, 4 record laps, 2 Driver of the Day awards)
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist.
Enrolled on BRDC SuperStars and MSA Race Elite programmes
Selected for MSA Team UK


Formula Renault UK Championship
7th and Graduate Cup runner-up (1 win, 2 pole positions, 4 podium finishes)
Formula Renault Portugal Winter Cup
Champion (3 wins, 2 pole positions, 4 podiums, 2 fastest laps)
Formula Renault UK Winter Cup
Champion (2 wins, 3 pole positions, 3 podiums, 4 fastest laps)
Selected for BRDC Rising Stars Programme



Italian KF1 Margutti Trophy: 3rd
KF1 European Championship: 5th
Formula A Macau Grand Prix: 2nd
Formula A Italian Open Championship: 4th
ICA European Kart Championship: 1st
ICA Italian Open Championship: 2nd
Italian Margutti Trophy: 4th
JICA European Championship: 3rd
JICA Italian Open Championship: 5th
JICA European Championship: 2nd
JICA Italian Open Championship: 5th
British Super One TKM Championship: 5th
MSA British Cadet Championship: 1st
British Super One Cadet Championship: 2nd
Club karting