- 2017 FIA World Endurance LMGTE Pro Champion & 2019 GTE Pro Le Mans 24 hours winner, James Calado, joins British Formula E team, Panasonic Jaguar Racing
- New to electric racing, Calado brings a wealth of single-seater experience
- Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s driver line-up is now complete for season six, with James Calado joining New Zealander, Mitch Evans
Briton James Calado has today been announced as the new Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver ahead of season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
The 30-year-old, who started karting in 1999, has competed against some of the biggest names in motorsport including Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne and F1 driver Valtteri Bottas, during his career. He became the 2017 WEC GTE Pro champion and early this year took victory in the GTE Pro class at the Le Mans 24 hours.
Calado, who is based in Penarth, Wales, has a wealth of single-seater experience in GP3, GP2, British F3 and F1, scoring points, podiums and wins which he is keen to replicate in Formula E.
With the green lights of season six just over 50 days away, James Calado and Panasonic Jaguar Racing teammate, Mitch Evans, are focussed on preparing for the most competitive season of Formula E yet as they look to build on last season’s success.
Season 6, James Calado
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.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director
This was one of the most sought-after seats in Formula E and I’m extremely proud to have been offered it. 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.