James Calado is a British GP3 driver for Lotus ART, and celebrates his 22nd birthday today.
The Worcestershire-born driver began karting aged 10, having a good career before moving into British Formula Renault in 2008. He was placed in the graduate cup, in which he finished runner-up to future F2 winner Dean Stoneman, but also took one overall victory and two pole positions. He took part in the 2008 British and Portuguese Formula Renault Winter championships, and won both of them taking five poles, six fastest laps and five wins over the eight combined races, finishing the winter series just three points ahead of his nearest competitor.
In 2009, he took part in the main British season and took 8 wins, 10 poles, 7 fastest laps and 12 podiums. Despite this he lost out to Dean Smith, who had started from the second round of the championship. Smith won and Calado came second.
The next year, he moved to British F3 to drive with Carlin. Once again he had a great season, taking 5 wins, 2 poles, 4 fastest laps and 12 overall podiums. He finished second to one of Carlin’s other drivers Jean-Eric Vergne, who had almost 100 points more than him.
This year, James is competing in GP3. His only points have come in the feature race at the second round in Barcelona, when he came second, which means he is currently 5th in the championship.