Calado admits that he does not have money to buy F1 seat

James Calado

James Calado

James Calado first made his impression in Formula 1 with a good showing during the Young Drivers Test at Silverstone in July, and since then  has handled himself well in the Free Practice sessions he has done with Force India, but the Briton is acutely aware that bagging a seat on the grid next year will not be easy.

Speaking at Interlagos after his FP1 stint, Calado said, “I’ve got options open for next year [in other series], but I haven’t got millions of pounds for a Formula 1 seat. I hope that someone comes along with millions … but that’s not happening.”

“But I’m doing a good job, the team recognise that, and I’ll stay involved. We’ve got good options for next year, there’s still a chance [of a race seat], but [it’s] unlikely now to be honest,” he added.

Calado is likely to be retained as Force India reserve, but who will fill the race seats is still uncertain although Adrian Sutil has hinted that he will remain with the team. The likes of Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado are also in the running as is current driver Paul di Resta. (GP247)

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  • Garth

    James Calado and other young talent are being seriously held back because of the utter rubbish out there like Maldonado. His sponsors don’t even care how embarrasing he is or the fact that he is a useless driver. As long as he crashes, wrecks others races and mouths off making stupid claims and remarks the PSVDA logo is well screened. Only when sense prevails or the sponsorship ends will the sport get rid of this twat.

  • Emaad

    Couldn’t agree more with you @Garth