Force India to run new third driver Calado in practice

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James Calado will make his first appearance as a driver in an F1 race weekend at the Italian Grand Prix.

Force India have appointed Calado as their new third driver following his successful test for them at Silverstone earlier this year. He will drive for the team in several practice sessions before the end of the year.

“Track time in a Formula One car is so limited these days, so it means a lot that the team will let me drive some free practice sessions,” said Calado. “That will be very valuable for me and I will do all I can to help the team in the upcoming races.”

The British racer is in his second season in support category GP2 this year and is currently fifth in the points standings.

“I’m pleased to confirm that we’ve signed James as our third driver,” said team principal Vijay Mallya.

“We worked with him during the Silverstone test and he impressed everyone with his speed and consistency. We’ve always tried to support young drivers and this is a great opportunity for James to gain some valuable experience of driving during Formula One race events.”

Previous drivers who have been given track time by Force India in practice sessions include Paul di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg and Jules Bianchi, all of which are now racing in the series.