Calado: Talent can beat money

Calado: Talent can beat money

GP2 racer James Calado has admitted that he feels talent can still beat money in Formula 1’s current state when going for a race seat.0752LW1D8464

With the phrase ‘pay driver’ being used more and more at the moment, the British racer believes that his talent can speak louder than money that he can bring to a team.

In recent times, drivers like Pastor Maldonado and Max Chilton have been criticised for not being the best drivers for the race seat but bringing the much-needed funding to teams like Williams and Marussia. It is something that has been in the sport for a while but Calado feels he can still get a race seat in the sport despite not having as much funding as his rivals.

Speaking to reporters after driving a Formula 1 car for the first time at the Silverstone Young Driver Test on day one he said: “Formula One has the best cars you can drive and the best drivers in the world, so of course it’s going to be very difficult. Over the years it’s got tougher with money being a big factor, but I’m a believer in talent showing and getting you through and all I can do is do as good a job as I can in the GP2 car and when I’m doing days like this. I’m not really thinking of the future, although I do realise it’s hard, but I can only do the best I can.”

He drove for Force India, a team that are renowned for turning their reserve drivers into race drivers. He added that Friday drivers are not on his mind at the moment: “You don’t think about that as a driver. This [Wednesday] morning it felt very good and I’m just giving as much feedback to the team as possible.”

The Brit currently sits fifth in the GP2 standings after a strong result at the last round in Germany with two second place finishes. He will drive for Force India on Thursday and Friday morning of the young driver test too.

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his F1 paddock debut for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle, RumbleStripNews, Formula1Blog, PureF1 and F1 Plus, as well as running a popular blog.