James Calado is in line to partner Mitch Evans at Panasonic Jaguar Racing for the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season, e-racing365 has learned.
Calado is believed to have recently agreed a multi-year deal with Jaguar to make a return to international single-seater racing after a six-year absence.
The 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Pro champion has tested twice for the team in the UK and Spain (pictured below) in the last week and is now expected to be announced as Evans’ teammate next Wednesday at the team’s official launch.
E-racing365 understands that Calado’s absolute confirmation at Jaguar is not completely concluded but is awaiting final approval over what a source described as “intricate and important contractual topics”.
These are believed to center around Calado’s existing commitments to Ferrari through his factory drive in WEC.
Should the agreement for Calado to replace Alex Lynn be completed, it is sure to be seen as a surprise.
Lynn scored points for the team on two occasions and was set to challenge for a race victory in New York City in July before a mechanical issue forced him to retire from second position.
Lynn is believed not to have driven for the team since his appearance in New York.
Calado, who is managed by Nicolas Todt, last raced a single-seater in the GP2 Series in 2013 when he finished third to Fabio Leimer and former AF Corse WEC teammate Sam Bird.
He completed that season while also undertaking testing duties with the Force India Formula 1 team.
Since then the 30-year-old has competed largely for AF Corse in WEC scoring six class victories as well as securing the 2017 title alongside Alessandro Pier Guidi.
The British driver could miss a race should he be confirmed with Jaguar: likely the Sanya E-Prix which is still slated to clash with the 1000 Miles of Sebring WEC round which will be held the day before.
It was revealed in June that Calado had completed at least one test for the team in Gen-2 machinery.
He is also believed to have conducted a media day run last month at Abingdon Airfield in addition to simulator time before more extensive tests commenced this week.