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Calado set for F1 move after confirming GP2 departure?

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    Bradley Downton
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    James Calado has tonight confirmed on Facebook that tomorrow’s Sprint race in Abu Dhabi will be his last race in GP2, and with ART:

    https://www.facebook.com/james.calado.7/posts/536996913047940

    This of course beg’s the question, where will he go?

    Is this effectively confirmation that he has signed for Force India for next season?

    #244503
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    Mathers
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    Or is he making a parallel move to Formula Renault 3.5 for next year?

    #244504

    Or is he giving up racing completely, in order to pursue an alternative career in accounting or finance?

    Find out next time, on…

    …erm…

    #244505
    Avatar of Iestyn Davies
    Iestyn Davies
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    Definitely a Force India seat, just remains to be seen whether it is FP1s (likely) or as second driver (unlikely, but you never know).

    #244506
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    Prisoner Monkeys
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    When Calado says he is leaving GP2, I think it really means that he is leaving GP2. You can’t read anything more into it, and it’s certainly not confirmation that he is stepping up to Formula 1.

    #244507
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    R.J. O’Connell
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    Placing third overall in GP2 boosts his stock. He’s the best of the uh… “less-tenured” group by that measure. I don’t know if I’d stick him in a Force India over Kevin Magnussen though, if he were available.

    #244508
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    Dion
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    We’ve heard Sutil being happy about his future, which makes me think that we’ll see Calado and Sutil at Force India, and Bianchi and Magnussen at Marussia (which would be a great line-up).

    #244509
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    JackySteeg
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    A reserve driver role is much more likely in my view. The last 3 guys to be the Force India reserve were racing today, so it’s probably one of the best teams to test for, from a developing drivers point of view. And isn’t in-season testing making a return next year? Calado will have plenty to do even if he’s not racing.

    #244510
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    Prisoner Monkeys
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    I’d say Calado’s future depends on other driver movements within the team. If they drop one of their drivers and can’t find a suitable replacement, then Calado might be in with a shot. But Force India is the only team he could really join because sponsorship has always been an issue for him, but the team has a unique structure for funding itself. I could see him alongside Sutil or Maldonado if the team feel game enough to take him.

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