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Calado rues missed opportunities at Valencia

"[Rio and I] came into the corner side by side, braked late and gave him enough room, a car's width. He locked the brakes, braked late, and crashed into me," he added about the clash with Haryanto. "Fortunately I could go on and this podium is a decent recovery after the disappointment of the first race."

After Haryanto retired and before Razia made his last lap appearance, Calado had had his hands full with Racing Engineering's Fabio Leimer, and used every trick in the book to sweep his Lotus out wide through every corner to ward off the attack.

"It was fun, very, very difficult, but when there's no grip on the car you've got no chance," Calado told the GP2 Media Service. "I think I didn't do anything wrong, it was aggressive racing, but I think it was acceptable."

Calado certainly didn't appear to be holding any grudges or feeling too much disappointment with how things turned out, and if anything just appeared pleased that the races had turned out to be as entertaining and gripping for everyone as they had.

"It was very, very tough, and very entertaining I'm sure!" he said. "But still it was good to get some more points."

Team principal Frederic Vasseur was certainly pleased with how things had turned out for Lotus GP at Valencia, with Calado's team mate Esteban Gutiérrez in a position to pick up the baton from Calado and claim the race win on Saturday, and then seeing Calado himself hang on for second on Sunday after Gutiérrez crashed out on the opening lap.

"On one hand there's the satisfaction of a win and a podium, on the other the frustration for James as he got unlucky," said Vasseur. "We were much faster than the others [in the feature race] and it was good to keep him on track to widen the gap, but the safety car ruined his race because it entered the track when he was in the last corner before making his pit stop.

"He did great with what was not the best set of tyres on Sunday and his podium is well deserved," he added. "Esteban fought hard and well, he was extremely fast and for once he was a bit lucky on Saturday. Bad luck was back on Sunday when he could do nothing to avoid a car that had just crashed into the wall ahead of him."

Next up for Calado is his home event at Silverstone, something he's very much looking forward to.

"Yes - the British round and it will be very exciting," he said. "Great to see all the fans and there is going to be a lot of support for me, so it's going to be one of the better ones, that's for sure!"

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Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) celebrates his victory on the podium with James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) and Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) after the Valencia sprint race. Spain, June 24 2012. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.)
The safety car leads the field early in the Valencia sprint race. Spain, June 24 2012. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.)
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) celebrates his pole position during Friday qualifying on the streets of Valencia. June 22 2012. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
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ShEyann - Unregistered

July 23, 2012 12:14 PM

that Valencia might want an out clause in case they fiinsh 5-6 in the league and play in the UEFA Cup, which has dates set at the same time that the All Star game is scheduled. Given that Valencia is about to financially implode and probably sell their best players, I think this is a bad, disappointing choice for an opponent.

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