James Calado feels consistent points scoring will be crucial in 2013 GP2 Series

Britain also reveals F1 move could be on the cards

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 17/09/13 1:19pm

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After a mixed opening weekend in Malaysia, Britain's James Calado is hoping he can reignite his title bid in Bahrain.

After qualifying on the front row at Sepang, the ART driver duly converted it to second on the podium, but a crash in the Sprint Race means he sits fourth in the Drivers' Championship.

Having impressed in his rookie season in 2012, the 23-year-old is many peoples favourite for the title this year, but Calado doesn't see that as bringing any extra pressure.

"Not really to be honest and I don't see myself as the favourite - I think there are a lot of competitive drivers and I haven't got off to the best of starts," he told Sky Sports F1 Online.

"I think it is going to be a very close year to be honest. In terms of pace, it is really, really good at the moment, but it is a long Championship, so it just has to be about scoring points at the moment - being consistent will be key to winning."

Second place in the Feature Race brought with it 18 points and it is positives like that that Calado is focussing on, rather than dwelling on the incident which saw him run into the back of Fabio Leimer and having dislodged his front wing, take Julian Leal and Sam Bird out of the race.

"Yeah, I think I just misjudged that one - Race 2 was a bit of a disaster - but forgetting that it was a really good weekend," the Worcestershire racer admitted.

"We had fantastic speed and it was great to get on the podium in the first race - it showed potential and now we have good data to study for Bahrain. I think we have learned from Malaysia and going into Bahrain we have a very good strategy, even with the 10-place penalty [for causing the Race 2 crash] we should still be on the podium.

"I'm not really bothered (about the penalty) - it's all down to tyres and race pace. It has made my life more difficult that's for sure, but in terms of the result, it is still possible to get a good result and getting on the reverse grid will be important.

"I think just scoring points from that weekend and making the best of a bad situation is all that is needed to be honest and then we move onto the European races were I need to start winning some races and getting myself back to the front of the Championship."

James Calado is hoping to follow former team-mate Esteban Gutierrez into F1

Having seen 2012 team-mate Esteban Gutierrez step up to F1 this season with Sauber, that is something Calado is focussing on replicating sooner rather than later.

"Esteban was great team-mate and now it is my turn to try and make that step," he said.

"It is looking quite likely actually, which is quite promising. There are a few deals that are on the table so we are just negotiating those and we will see how it goes in the future."

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