Calado in no rush to take F1 road

Calado in no rush to take F1 road

Speed is the name of the game, but as Force India reserve driver James Calado chases his Formula One dream, he is prepared to take it slow.

Even if it means sitting in air-conditioned motorhomes, watching the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix on television screens, despite the action happening on a track less than 200 metres away.

"I'm going to take things step by step," said the 24-year-old Briton, who made his free practice debut at the Italian Grand Prix earlier this month.

"It's important to keep calm and not rush into things; if you're thinking too far ahead, it's not going to work out."

His patience is perhaps aided by the fact that he is also racing in GP2 series with the Art Grand Prix team. He claimed third place in the first of two GP2 support races over the weekend at the Marina Bay circuit, and is fifth in the series' driver standings.

Last year, he also raced for Art in the GP2 alongside Esteban Gutierrez, presently of Sauber. The Worcestershire native is relishing the chance to follow in the footsteps of his former team-mate.

"The workload is obviously a lot more," said Calado whose days are spent primarily at the factory, in the simulator and doing straight-line testing. "It's nice to be integrated with the team; just being around the guys is important for any young driver.

"The more I work with the team, the easier it gets."

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