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Calado Tests for Jaguar

2017 FIA WEC GTE-Pro champion James Calado completes Formula E tests for Jaguar…

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James Calado has carried out track and simulator tests for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, which is continuing to evaluate drivers for next season.

E-racing365 has learned that the reigning FIA World Endurance GTE-Pro Champion conducted a filming day for the British-based manufacturer at Mallory Park last month in addition to simulator work at its base in Grove.

Calado is also carrying out testing today, with team principal James Barclay confirming to e-racing365 on Thursday morning that “James is testing with the team today as part of an assessment”.

The British driver last competed in international single-seater racing in 2013 when he undertook a second GP2 season with ART Grand Prix, finishing third in the standings with two race wins.

It remains unclear if the 29-year-old is being seriously considered by Jaguar for a Season Six race seat.

Should that transpire it would be viewed by some as a surprise considering the British driver’s six-year absence from single-seaters.

Since that time, Calado has forged a strong reputation driving for Ferrari in endurance racing having taken the 2017 WEC title and the 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series GT championship.

Calado is advised and managed by Nicolas Todt, who is pushing to get his client a deal in the all-electric series for 2019-20.

The revelation that the British driver could be in contention for a seat might pit him against his WEC GTE-Pro rival Alex Lynn.

Lynn was a direct replacement for Nelson Piquet Jr. who departed the team at the end of March after a run of disappointing displays.

The former DS Virgin Racing driver has impressed in qualifying on a number of occasions, especially in Rome where he initially qualified ninth before taking a penalty for a power spike and in Berlin where he started fifth.

Jaguar is expected to formally confirm Mitch Evans and his teammate later this summer.

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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    Anon

    June 7, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Calado’s been on my Formula E driver wish list for some time now.

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      Grier

      June 8, 2019 at 6:10 am

      Mine too, would be great to see him at Jaguar.

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