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GP2 Driver of the Year vote: 3rd

You voted James Calado into 3rd place in Crash.net's GP2 Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2012:
3. James Calado

Birthplace: Cropthorne, England
Birthdate: June 13, 1989
Team: Lotus GP
2012 starts: 24
Poles: 2
Wins: 2
Podiums: 7
Fastest laps: 1
Championship points: 160
Championship position: 5th
Crash.net GP2 Driver of 2011 position: 11th

Britain's James Calado made an immediate impression in the feeder series late last year when he won the post-season GP2 Final non-championship sprint race which made him a hot property for Lotus GP to sign up for a full season in 2012 alongside F1-bound Esteban GutiƩrrez.

Calado certainly hasn't let them down: there can rarely have been a better rookie season performance in the series, as he won the first sprint race of the year in Malaysia and went on to win again mid-season at Hockenheim. There could have been more as well if luck hadn't turned against him on occasion, but he still ended up with seven podium appearances in total to add to two poles and one fastest lap. Whole championships have been won with less.

Calado faltered toward the end with a poor weekend at Monza and then struggling with illness in Singapore, but Crash.net voters haven't let that discourage them from placing Calado in third place in our Driver of the Year standings. And quite right too: no wonder Lotus GP have acted quickly to sign him up for a proper title run of his own in 2013.

Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2012 results so far:
3. James Calado
4. Felipe Nasr
5. Luca Filippi
6. Esteban GutiƩrrez
7. Giedo van der Garde
8. Tom Dillmann
9. Max Chilton
10. Marcus Ericsson


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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) celebrates his pole position during Friday qualifying on the streets of Valencia. June 22 2012. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) celebrates his Hockenheim sprint race win on the podium with Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) and Felipe Nasr (BRA, Dams). (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) crosses the line to take victory in the Hockenheim sprint race. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) crosses the line to take victory in the Malaysian sprint race. [World Copyright: Lorenzo Bellanca/GP2 Series Media Service.]
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP). [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) celebrates his Hockenheim sprint race win on the podium. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), leads Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International), Matthew Parry (GBR, Koiranen GP) and the rest of the field at the start of the race. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) passes Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) celebrates in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) and Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) and Sergey Sirotkin (RUS, Rapax) crash. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering), passes Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) for the lead of the race.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) celebrates in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) celebrates in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) and Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) on the podium.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) and Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) celebrate on the podium. Photo: /GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.

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