With reigning GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi on the sidelines in a Lotus reserve role, Calado accepts that, even if he wins the title, graduation to the top flight is not guaranteed – 'it's very political and money-oriented, [and] you've got to be almost exceptional to do it on talent alone,' he notes – but he's determined to put himself in the frame, even if he has some catching up to do in the remaining three double-headers.
“If ART give me the tools to do the job, I will win the championship - no doubt about it,” he asserted, “I feel like I'm doing everything right at the moment, I'm on top form with my starts and everything is just really, really good.
"I just need the car to be able to complete the job and, if they can supply that, I stand every chance of winning the championship. The likes of [early season pacesetter Stefano] Coletti are not so fast at the moment and I just need to be able to take advantage of that and get myself back up to the front."
The topsy-turvy nature of this season's GP2 Series – where Coletti scored hard and fast at the start but not in the last five double-headers – sees Calado eating into the deficit separating himself from top spot having finally claimed his first victory on 2013 at Spa.
"It's been tough,” he conceded, “We've been struggling a lot, trying to get this car to live with the new tyres at the start of the year. We haven't really found a good balance or direction to build on.
"I think Spa showed some progress. We've been on the phone to my engineers and working hard to suss out a good direction and set-up for this race in Monza. I hope it works because we've got a really good chance of winning the championship. I'm not giving up."