GP2 Series pilot James Calado has been named reserve and test driver for the Force India
F1 team with immediate effect.
The deal, brokered by Nicolas Todt's All Road Management company, will see the Brit take in 'several' Friday tests among the remaining Grands Prix of the season.
Calado gets the gig following a solid performance in the July F1 Young Driver's Test at Silverstone.
His appointment with Force India
will not conflict with his remaining 2013 GP2 Series campaign.
“I'm pleased to confirm that we've signed James as our third driver,” said Dr Vijay Mallya, team principal and managing director of Sahara Force India
ahead of this weekend's 2013 F1 Italian Grand Prix.
“We worked with him during the Silverstone test and he impressed everyone with his speed and consistency. We've always tried to support young drivers and this is a great opportunity for James to gain some valuable experience of driving during F1 race events.
“James will take part in the opening free practice session on Friday [now] at Monza. He will also run in practice at several other races this year. It's always useful to get another driver's feedback on the car and it will help us evaluate James.”
“I am thrilled to have got this appointment with Sahara Force India,” added Calado, who is a graduate of the Racing Steps Foundation, “and would like to thank Graham Sharp and Derek Walters not to mention ARM, for their massive commitment and belief in my race driving skills.”
RSF founder, Graham Sharp continued: “The RSF initiative was conceived to help foster exceptional race driving talent among those who might not have the resources to make the very difficult journey to professional status. The RSF is very pleased to know that thanks to the consistent racing skills James has demonstrated and with the undoubted wise counsel of All Road Management, he is now on the threshold of every racer's dream: a Formula 1 Grand Prix drive.”