James Calado has been announced as Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s second driver for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship at their launch this afternoon.
Calado has most recently been driving for Ferrari in the GTE Pro category of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), taking victory in his class at Le Mans this summer. In 2017 he became the WEC LMGTE Pro Champion alongside teammate, Alessandro Pier Guidi.
The British driver started his career twenty years ago in karting, and has won in Formula Renault and driven GP3, GP2, British F3 and even spent 2013 as a test driver for the Force India Formula 1 team.
Calado, who tested for the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team during the summer, will join New Zealand’s Mitch Evans and is looking forward to getting some good results for the team.
“This was one of the most sought-after seats in Formula E and I’m extremely proud to have been offered it,” said Calado. “Jaguar’s motorsport history is iconic and to be a part of this team in Formula E is a great opportunity for me.”
“Although electric racing is new to me, I’m confident in my own single-seater experience to secure some great results for the team. Expectations are high and I can’t wait for the first race in Diriyah in November.”
In the team’s press release Team Director of Panasonic Jaguar Racing, James Barclay, said “I would like to welcome James to the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Formula E team.”
“His experience in multiple formulas and outright pace will be a huge asset to the team. We learnt how to win as a team last season and we are hungry for more.”
“To be successful in Formula E you need two drivers who can compete for podiums at every race. With Mitch and James we can look to build on the success of last season by securing even more points, podiums and wins.”