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Calado back with Lotus GP for second year

Britain's James Calado has re-signed with Lotus GP for a second season in GP2, as he seeks to build on a successful rookie season in the feeder series.
James Calado will lead Lotus GP's GP2 Series campaign in 2013 after signing up for a second season wit the team.

After finishing runner-up in the 2011 GP3 Series championship with Lotus, Calado made his début for the team at the end of the year in the GP2 Final post-season event at Abu Dhabi, where he won the sprint race. That success led Lotus to sign him up for a full rookie season that delivered two more wins, three second places and two further podium positions in an impressive first year.

"In 2012, James had several achievements in GP2," confirmed team principal Frédéric Vasseur. "After an exceptional first year which was part of his continuity from GP3, James is a Lotus GP driver for the third consecutive year.

"With the support of his environment, which allows us to work together harmoniously and confidently, we approach 2013 with one clear objective - to be champions," Vasseur added.

The deal includes an extension of the backing Calado receives from the Racing Steps Foundation.

“I am absolutely delighted to receive the ongoing backing from the RSF that enables me to take part in this incredibly competitive championship again and even more so to do it with Lotus GP again," said Calado after the announcement of his 2013 race seat. "I feel privileged to be a part of this project and to have the support of great partners without whom none of this would be possible."

With Calado's 2012 team mate Esteban Gutierrez already confirmed as moving to F1 with Sauber next season, Calado will inherit the position as team lader and knows that he will have to rise his game if he's to challenge for the championship next year.

"In terms of speed, we showed in 2012 that we were right up there with pole positions and a couple of wins," pointed out the 23-year-old from Worcestershire. "Now I know the car, the tyres, and the team I'm expecting to be fast and to win as many races as possible.

"I'm looking forward to 2013 and I hope I'll improve after such a good year in 2012," he added.

Calado was in contention for beating Gutierrez to third place in this year's season, but a poor outing at Monza and ill heath at the season finale at Singpore contributed to a slump that left him in fifth place, with fellow Brit Max Chilton also managing to get ahead in the points in the final weekend.

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James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) celebrates his Hockenheim sprint race win on the podium. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) celebrates his victory in the Spa feature race on the podium with James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) and Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Josef Kral (CZE, Barwa Addax Team) celebrates his victory in the Spa sprint race on the podium with Felipe Nasr (BRA, Dams) and James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP).
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP). 2012 driver portrait. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.) portrait, head shot, James Calado, Lotus
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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sodesu - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 1:46 PM

He was the star of 2012 IMO. Anything less than the title this year would not only be a disappointment, but also a genuine surprise. He's pretty much the only driver in this year's series I see as proper F1 material. Nasr maybe if he can challenge for the title this year.

ghinzani - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 4:02 PM

agree totally, huge talent lets hope he gets into F1 in 2014 and not some of these rich boy waste of spaces who threaten to sully the good name of Brit F1 drivers.

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