Force India signs Calado as third driver
2 September 2013 – Force India has confirmed the long-awaited news that James Calado is to join the team as its third driver. The Briton, 24, will take part in the opening free practice session at Monza, with further FP1 appearances scheduled later in the season.
Currently fifth in the GP2 Series standings, Calado made a positive impression during his outing at the Silverstone Young Driver Test in July, with co-owner and team boss Vijay Mallya explaining that he "impressed everyone with his speed and consistency."
"It’s a massive moment in my career and something I've been working towards since I started racing in single-seaters with the Racing Steps Foundation," Calado said of the agreement. "Working with everyone at Force India during the Silverstone test was an amazing experience and I feel very fortunate to be part of the team going forward.
"Track time in a Formula 1 car is so limited these days, so it means a lot that the team will let me drive some free practice sessions. That will be very valuable for me."
Force India had been racing without a third driver throughout the opening 12 rounds, with 2012 reserve Jules Bianchi completing a late pre-season move to Marussia.