Force India Reserve Driver James Calado has revealed that his chances of securing a race seat in Formula One for next season are now “unlikely.”
Calado has spent the last two years competing in the GP2 Series – racing for ART – and has made five free practice appearances for Force India this season after impressing the Silverstone-based outfit with his performances during July’s Young Driver Test.
In an interview with BBC Sport the 24-year-old revealed that while he did have options available to him for 2014, he was severely hamstrung by his lack of budget in comparison to other drivers on the market.
“I’ve got a few options for next year, but I haven’t got millions of pounds for an F1 seat,” said Calado. “I hope someone comes along with millions of pounds but at the moment it isn’t happening.
However, the GP2 race winner is hopeful that he will continue in his role with Force India next season, for which he made his final appearance of the year with during Friday morning’s’ opening practice session.
“But I’m doing a good job, the team recognise that, and I’ll stay involved. We’ve got good options for next year. I’d like to carry on racing. There is still a chance [of a race seat], but it’s unlikely now to be honest.”
Calado took two victories on his way to third in this seasons’ GP2 drivers’ championship, finishing behind only series champion Fabio Leimer, and fellow Briton Sam Bird.
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