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#1 GX390

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 16:10

2nd pole for him this year in GP2, i've been impressed so far.

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#2 D.M.N.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 17:09

I'm a fan of Calado's, although he's lucky he didn't throw away pole with his spin. Hope he makes it up into F1 in the next few years, not sure whether he will become World Champion, but am sure he will make the step up at some point. :up:

#3 jjcale

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 17:12

I'm a fan of Calado's, although he's lucky he didn't throw away pole with his spin. Hope he makes it up into F1 in the next few years, not sure whether he will become World Champion, but am sure he will make the step up at some point. :up:



Me too... he's not really my kind of driver but I am really impressed by his intellignce .... and his resolve when defending a position.

He seems to be tailor made for the cheese tyre era... we could have another SP on our hands.

Edited by jjcale, 22 June 2012 - 17:13.


#4 midgrid

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 21:02

He's certainly been very impressive this year, outshining the expected hopefuls in Nasr and Gutierrez so far. How long does his Racing Steps Foundation last for? I remember this being a problem for Oliver Turvey.

#5 GX390

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 22:27

He's certainly been very impressive this year, outshining the expected hopefuls in Nasr and Gutierrez so far. How long does his Racing Steps Foundation last for? I remember this being a problem for Oliver Turvey.


Yeah this could be a problem, as Turvey would have had to become champion in his rookie season which is very difficult to do.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 14:17

Me too... he's not really my kind of driver but I am really impressed by his intellignce .... and his resolve when defending a position.

He seems to be tailor made for the cheese tyre era... we could have another SP on our hands.


I've had the pleasure of racing with him and chatting a few times on F1 2011 for the PS3, he's on my friends list *smug*. He's a cool guy but much too aggressive in the game! Don't think it's a reflection of his real world approach to racing, but he positively makes Schumacher look like a monk in comparison when he's on his Playstation.

Just watching the race now, Lotus have ruined James' race by not pitting him under the safety car, now he has to pull out a gap, possible shades of Hockenheim '08.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 14:50

Followed his career, although that's probably because he is British. Was unlucky today as he was driving a good race. Was a poor call from the team.

#8 D.M.N.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 14:53

Great drive from Calado, but the safety car screwed his race well and truly today.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 14:55

This is the worst GP2 field in the history of the series. I hope it isn't, but the only way of knowing whether that is flattering Calado is if he did make a step into F1 or maybe F3.5 next year.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 15:01

I've had the pleasure of racing with him and chatting a few times on F1 2011 for the PS3, he's on my friends list *smug*. He's a cool guy but much too aggressive in the game! Don't think it's a reflection of his real world approach to racing, but he positively makes Schumacher look like a monk in comparison when he's on his Playstation.

Just watching the race now, Lotus have ruined James' race by not pitting him under the safety car, now he has to pull out a gap, possible shades of Hockenheim '08.


Bet the game does not factor in Pirelli tyres ;)

Glad to know he has the fire in him... he looks really controlled on TV... I was a bit worried (though I noted his great pass at Monaco).

Aside from the driving ... I also noticed that the was the only driver in any category who was publicly critical of going to Bahrain.... that makes him different class in my book... IMO that was a bit of a "what would Senna" do moment.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 15:19

This is the worst GP2 field in the history of the series. I hope it isn't, but the only way of knowing whether that is flattering Calado is if he did make a step into F1 or maybe F3.5 next year.


I have to agree. There's no real stand-out that makes you say 'this guy's going to F1'. Gutierrez will if he's lucky, but he's been too erratic in GP2. Calado could, but he's British and hasn't the same amount of money as some of his peers. Nasr is probably the most likely, but we can't be sure at this point as he's taking a little while to completely adjust to the horsepower difference between F3 and GP2. He's bloody quick though, so he's not got much else to get right.

Otherwise it's very weak like you say. But to be honest, I don't think the F3.5 field is much better...

#12 Jackman

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 17:22

I've had the pleasure of racing with him and chatting a few times on F1 2011 for the PS3, he's on my friends list *smug*. He's a cool guy but much too aggressive in the game! Don't think it's a reflection of his real world approach to racing, but he positively makes Schumacher look like a monk in comparison when he's on his Playstation.

He's pretty aggressive in real life too: go back and watch the start in Barcelona.

#13 William Hunt

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 21:01

I'm convinced that Calado is the real deal, he drove great in every class and is very impressive in GP2 for a rookie this year. If McLaren would lose Hamilton, I would dare to hire Calado if I were them.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 21:04

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 21:05

Some luck finally.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 21:21

Bet the game does not factor in Pirelli tyres ;)

Glad to know he has the fire in him... he looks really controlled on TV... I was a bit worried (though I noted his great pass at Monaco).

Aside from the driving ... I also noticed that the was the only driver in any category who was publicly critical of going to Bahrain.... that makes him different class in my book... IMO that was a bit of a "what would Senna" do moment.


It's funny, although we all like getting to speak to him, we all hate racing him because he doesn't really get into the spirit of things and treats everyone like they're AI opponents. Of course, to him F1 2011 is just a bit of a laugh during his downtime, so I don't blame him for not taking it very seriously, but for us, we race at a very competitive level and to us it's like our 'sport' and GP2/F1 is our casual hobby :lol:....so it doesn't really work......

Edited by PretentiousBread, 23 June 2012 - 21:22.


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Posted 23 June 2012 - 21:25

Let the hype begin!

He's a good driver - most are in GP2, that's how they got there. Is he F1 material? Well if he's got money and HRT are hiring....maybe.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 21:33

Let the hype begin!

He's a good driver - most are in GP2, that's how they got there. Is he F1 material? Well if he's got money and HRT are hiring....maybe.


He had some real stand out performances in GP3, particularly in the wet, and was actually the better driver for most of the year vs Bottas, until the car came good and Bottas just strung together a series of good results. In terms of flashes of brilliance, Calado showed more, and Bottas is rated very highly.

Don't get me wrong, I doubt he is the next Hamilton, but maybe a Timo Glock or something sort of level of driver.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:27

Well his defence of the lead just now was almost Gilles Villeneuve-like. Much slower than the rest and only letting one car through. That's pretty impressive.

I've not seem him race before but what I just saw was pretty impressive.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:41

It's amazing that with his borderline aggressive defensive style he had such a long strike of consecutive race finishes (56 or so?) that was ended a couple of weeks ago in Monaco.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:43

So so unlucky for Calado, but fantastic defensive driving. Just a pity the race was not one lap shorter.

#22 GX390

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:49

Good job from James considering he had some damage.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:50

It's amazing that with his borderline aggressive defensive style he had such a long strike of consecutive race finishes (56 or so?) that was ended a couple of weeks ago in Monaco.


I think what goes for him is he makes it obvious quite early that he's going defensive, he tends not to chop across people like alot of the other guys in GP2 do, he'll take the inside early but then just slow it down on the apex to stop the attacking driver getting a run.

It work pretty perfectly today, until Razia appeared out of nowhere to get around both him and Leimer!

#24 Jackman

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:59

Don't get me wrong, I doubt he is the next Hamilton, but maybe a Timo Glock or something sort of level of driver.

you say that as if Glock isn't at least as good as Hamilton.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 14:44

He is doing fantastic. The only two ahead of him have been in GP2 for ages. As a rookie, he is so far beating a very strong 2nd year teammate, and had it not been for a bad safety car timing, we would be talking about another win.

#26 PretentiousBread

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 15:07

you say that as if Glock isn't at least as good as Hamilton.


Well duh.

#27 Jackman

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 15:11

Oh sorry, I thought you were suggesting Hamilton was better. My mistake.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 15:24

Oh sorry, I thought you were suggesting Hamilton was better. My mistake.


Funny, a German friend of mine was at the recent 'meet and beat Timo Glock' event for sim racers, a few questions were put to him from the floor and one of them asked 'who in your opinion is the fastest driver in F1' and he immediately responded 'Hamilton'. That's from the horses mouth.

Regardless of this, there is a reason why Hamilton drives for McLaren and Glock drives for Marussia.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 15:30

Yeah, mostly it's called management. But go back and look at when the two of them were in good cars in GP2 together: take out the obvious lull at BCN and the bit at the end where he was pushed off track and sprained his hand, and Timo was stronger.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 19:39

Yeah, mostly it's called management. But go back and look at when the two of them were in good cars in GP2 together: take out the obvious lull at BCN and the bit at the end where he was pushed off track and sprained his hand, and Timo was stronger.

:lol: You mean in 2006 when the GP2 rookie Hamilton won the championship outright, whilst the far more experienced Glock, with F1 and Indycar seasons already under his belt, could only manage 4th?

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 20:14

:lol: You mean in 2006 when the GP2 rookie Hamilton won the championship outright, whilst the far more experienced Glock, with F1 and Indycar seasons already under his belt, could only manage 4th?


Well, up until Monaco (when Glock switched from BCN to iSport) he had scored only 2 points scoring finishes (7th and 4th at Imola). He was teamed there with Hiroki Yoshimoto, whereas Hamilton had all season teamed with Premat, and later teamed with EJ Viso at iSport. 2 teammates who did not produce many results in GP2.

For the final races, where Glock ran with his new team, he scored 2 wins and 53 points in 11 races, opposed to Hamilton's 2 wins and 64 points in 12 races. I think given a full season with iSport, Hamilton would have won, but I think Piquet and Premat would have found another challenger.

Plus, of course Glock will say that. Are you going to say your the fastest? Unless you're a ego fueled prick, of course not.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 20:17

Brilliant another thread that has jack do with Hamilton turns into one.

#33 GX390

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 20:35

Nice to see him test today with Force India at Silverstone, was anyone there to see how he did?

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 22:38

Well his fastest time was just 2 tenths slower as Di Resta's fastest time but Di Resta drove in the afternoon and did twice as much laps

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 00:58

Brilliant another thread that has jack do with Hamilton turns into one.


:lol:

#36 GX390

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 23:52

Well his fastest time was just 2 tenths slower as Di Resta's fastest time but Di Resta drove in the afternoon and did twice as much laps


Yeah it's hard to compare really but it seems like he is already doing better than Chilton has done :lol:

#37 NotSoSilentBob

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 13:55

Driver thread needs closing. Please be consistent.

#38 midgrid

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 17:27

Well, Calado's F1 hopes have taken a big step forward now that he has been signed as Force India's reserve driver.  Can he emulate Liuzzi, Hulkenberg and Bianchi by turning this opportunity into a race seat?



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:31

This is great news, hope he ends up with a race drive.

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#40 SophieB

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 07:24

It is good news, but it looks like this thread escaped the earlier big cull on driver threads by hiding behind the door. Closed.