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Calado: ‘I Need to Get the Experience’

James Calado taking a step-by-step approach to his first Formula E campaign…

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New Panasonic Jaguar Racing signing James Calado says that his initial goal in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is to score points consistently.

Calado was the surprise choice to join Mitch Evans in the Jaguar team for the 2019-20 season after testing throughout the summer.

The 30-year-old, whose deal with Jaguar was masterminded by his manager and representative Nicolas Todt, believes that he will gain experience quickly as he embarks upon a rookie Formula E campaign.

“I don’t expect to go in and start winning races straight away,” Calado told e-racing365.

“I’ve got to learn because it is very tricky as you need to get the experience and my personal goal is it would be ideal to score points for the team as much as I can.

“Hopefully I can learn as much as possible from Mitch how a weekend works and then progress from that.

“Jaguar is capable of wins, we have seen that already, and that is the ultimate target by the end of the season.”

Single-Seaters Not Missed by Calado

Calado says that he never considered his single-seater career to have ended after he switched to sports cars in 2014.

The Welsh-based racer finished third in the 2013 GP2 series and also held a testing contract with the Force India Formula 1 team during the same year.

“You never say never obviously, and you never really think in those terms because you are just thinking about the job you are doing at the time,” said Calado.

“You just don’t think ‘Oh I miss doing that, or miss doing this’. The future changes and that’s how motorsport works, it changes all the time.”

The new Jaguar driver, who has raced for Ferrari team AF Corse in the FIA World Endurance Championship since 2014, rates Formula E as one of the world’s toughest motorsport series.

“Being at Ferrari is a very good place to be in sports cars, and still is a good place, but I see Formula E as one of the highest level championships you can be in and as a driver you want to be part of that,” he said.

“I want to compete with and be in the championship where some of the best drivers are in the world and start racing again in single seaters.

“I would actually say it is similar to driving a GT car in some ways; low grip, no slick [tires] and there is the energy management style and also being quick over one lap in qualifying.

“There are a lot of similarities and I think it suits my driving style.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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