Twentyfour year-old Briton James Calado is on the way to becoming the next rookie in Formula 1 as he admits to talks with Force India for whom he tested at the recent Young Drivers Test at Silverstone.
As the sport prepared to enter the August break, Force India driver Adrian Sutil admitted in Hungary that he is not sure whether he will stay with the Silverstone based team in 2014.
“When I’m ready, I will speak first with [team boss Vijay [Mallya],” he was quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.
Sutil’s teammate Paul di Resta has also been linked with moves elsewhere.
At the very same time, rumours were building that James Calado, a frontrunner in the feeder series GP2, is close to filling a vacancy as Force India’s 2013 reserve driver.
The BBC said that there is a chance that the Briton will appear for the team during Friday morning sessions later this year.
A Force India spokesman admitted that there is a “good chance” that the deal will be done.
After that, the next step would be succeeding either Sutil or Paul di Resta as a 2014 race driver.
“I can’t hide that we are having discussions with Force India,” Calado admitted to Britain’s Sky broadcaster.
“My manager Nicolas Todt is talking to them now, and it’s hopefully likely that things will happen in the near future.” (GMM.)
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