BIOGRAPHY

James Calado was born in Worcester on 13 June 1989. He began his career in the world of karting in the Cadet category in 1999, moving on to the top discipline, KF1, in 2006. He then moved up to the English Formula Renault series in 2008 with the Fortec team, racing in the Graduate Cup for rookies and that year, he also took part in two races of the North Europe Formula Renault 2.0 Cup at Zolder and Spa-Francorchamps.After that, he tackled the Winter Series both in the Portuguese Formula Renault series and the English one. That year, Calado also took part in three Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 races for Fortec and then moved up to the British Formula 3 series for the 2010 season, racing with the Carlin team. In 2011 he switched to the GP3 Series as the lead driver of the Lotus ART team. He made his debut in GP2 with the same team at the final race of 2011 at Yas Marina, before earning a full-time drive for 2012. That year he was fifth in the championship, winning at Sepang and Hockenheim and taking five other podiums.In 2013 Calado regained his role as test driver for the Force India Formula 1 team, before becoming the Third Driver from September until the end of the year. On the track, in GP2 (still with ART Grand Prix) he won another two races (Spa-Francorchamps and Yas Marina) to take third place in the championship. In 2014 James partnered Davide Rigon at the wheel of one of the 458 Italia GTE cars run by the AF Corse team in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) where he took five podiums and contributed to Ferrari’s win in the Constructors’ championship.In 2015, still with Rigon in the No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari, he was second at the Le Mans 24 Hours getting three more podiums and ranking fourth in the WEC GT Drivers’ championship table. In 2016 he will be competing once again in the WEC championship at the wheel of the 488 GTE no. 51. Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni will be his teammate.