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F1 to welcome fourth Brit to the grid

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Young Briton James Calado, currently racing in GP2, could be set to reach F1 as speculation links him with Force India for the 2014 season.

As the August break began, German driver Adrian Sutil, who returned to the team this season following a year out, admitted he was unsure whether he would stay at the Silverstone based team in 2014.

"When I'm ready, I will speak first with (team boss) Vijay (Mallya)," he was quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.

Force India's second driver Paul di Resta is also being linked with moves elsewhere, possibly in the running for Felipe Massa's seat at Ferrari.

As rumours around the future of their current race driver's continues, it is also being reported Calado is being lined up as reserve driver at Force India for the remainder of the 2013 season.

That means Calado could well be involved in Friday morning practice at some of the remaining races left this season.

A team spokesman admitted there was a "good chance" the deal to fill the  reserve driver role would go ahead.

After that the next move would appear to be replacement for either Sutil or Di Resta at the team in 2014.

"I can't hide that we are having discussions with Force India," Calado admitted to Britain's Sky broadcaster.
"My manager Nicolas Todt is talking to them now, and it's hopefully likely that things will happen in the near future."

Another GP2 driver possibly making the step up to F1 in 2014 is Felipe Nasr, the Brazilian is currently second in the GP2 standings.

With speculation F1's only Brazilian driver Felipe Massa could quit F1 after this season, it is now suggested F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone could help Nasr make the jump up to F1.

Brazil's Globo has quoted F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone as telling Nasr: "I'm here. Anytime you need advice, you can shout.

"I need a Brazilian driver," he added.

Ecclestone has also hinted some teams are interested in the 20-year-old.

"I have talked to them a few times and people are really impressed with how he has developed over the last few years," said the 82-year-old Briton.

Nasr, however, warned: "The dream of reaching the top of world motor sport is close, but not easy.

"It depends on good results but also financial support," he admitted.


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