Calado describes 'amazing' experience
6 September 2013 – Force India reserve driver James Calado described his maiden Formula 1 race weekend outing as an "amazing" experience, the Briton completing the first free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix in place of team regular Adrian Sutil.
Calado, competing in the feeder GP2 Series, made his official test debut at the Silverstone young driver gathering earlier in the year, with his performance prompting the outfit to hand him a back-up role for the remainder of the 2013 campaign.
He finished the session 17th quickest, 0.447 seconds slower than Paul di Resta.
"It was amazing," Calado told GPUpdate.net. "It took quite a while to get used to the car, it is pretty different to a GP2 car. But I soon got familiar with everything again.
"The biggest challenge was that I had to start my first official Formula 1 session on new tyres. When the tyres were at their best at the beginning I was still learning."
Calado went on to explain that it remains the plan for him to take part in further practice sessions later this season, with seven races remaining after Monza.
"Yes, there will be a few more I believe," the 24-year-old commented. "Hopefully some [circuits] that I'm already familiar with so I can get used to the car more easily."