James Calado was born in Worcestershire, England on 13th June 1989, and like most racing drivers, developed a passion for motorsport very early on. Karting was James Calado's first experience of racing was and in 1999 he had impressed in his first championship, winning for the England Inter-Nationals Cadet Team. James Calado later on in 2001 won the British Cadet Championship. In the early years of James’ career he participated in the Super 1 Cadet Series, Pan-European Series and the European Karting Championship and consistently finished in the top 3 throughout.
In 2005, James moved to the ICA Class and won the European Championship ahead of his future teammate Jean-Eric Vergne. His impressive form continued and this saw him progress to Formula A, where he took part in the International Kart Grand Prix, the Italian Open Masters and the European Championship in 2006 – 2007.
James’ break-through came in 2008, when he moved into the British Formula Renault Championship, which saw him place as a runner-up in the Graduate Cup and finishing 7th overall in his first year. At the end of the season James had collected two championships in the Winter Series of the British and Portuguese Formula Renault Championships. He continued in the British Series in the 2009 season amassing more pole positions, fastest laps and race victories.
In 2010, James Calado progressed into Formula 3 for an exciting season of the British Formula 3 Championship, where he would ultimately finish in runner-up spot, behind Championship winner Jean-Eric Vergne. His incredible talent wouldn’t go unnoticed and was promoted to the GP3 Series for the 2011 season. He joined the ART team and finished runner-up to Championship winner Valteri Bottas in his debut season and also helped the team win the Constructors title.
James Calado would join a roster of future Formula 1 stars in the 2011-2013 GP2 Series, and his impressive form continued throughout the season with an overall 5th place finish and was also crowned as GP2’s most successful rookie ever. Although James hadn’t won the GP2 Championship, he stringed together a host of race sprint wins, pole positions and his consistent results on-track. It was a performance that, the Force India F1 team recognized. Later, they had selected James Calado as the 3rd driver for the 2013 Formula 1 season.
In 2014, James Calado joined AF Corse for the FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMGTE Class making his debut at the 6 Hours of Silverstone with teammate Davide Rigon. He had also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the GT Asia Series and the European Le Mans Series in 2015 and 2016. The season ended on a high with James winning the Petit Le Mans in the same year.
More recently, James has been racing alongside Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander for the Risi Competizione team in the IMSA - WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the 24 Hours of Daytona in GTLM Class. His first challenge of the 2017 season finished with an excellent podium finish – the first podium of the 2017 season!
James Calado brings a wealth of racing experience to the Kaspersky Motorsport team from Karting, through to GP3 and the GP2 Series. As well as impressive performances within Formula 1 and more recently with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series. 2017 is going to be an exciting year for the team!