It has been confirmed that James Calado will contest a second season in the GP2 Series with the Lotus GP team in 2013.

The Worcestershire driver enjoyed an outstanding rookie season with the ART-run team in 2012, claiming two pole positions and two race wins and holding third in the drivers’ standings going into the final round in Singapore when he struggled with a stomach bug and slipped to a still-commendable fifth overall.

Those performances have led to Calado retaining his support from the Racing Steps Foundation to remain in the series for an assault on the title.

“I am absolutely delighted to receive the ongoing backing from the RSF that enables me to take part in this incredibly competitive championship again and even more so to do it with Lotus GP again,” said the 23-year-old.

“I feel privileged to be a part of this project and to have the support of great partners without whom none of this would be possible. In terms of speed, we showed in 2012 that we were right up there with pole positions and a couple of wins.

“Now I know the car, the tyres, and the team I’m expecting to be fast and to win as many races as possible. I’m looking forward to 2013 and I hope I’ll improve after such a good year in 2012.”

Team boss Frederic Vasseur added: “After an exceptional first year which was part of his continuity from GP3, James is a Lotus GP driver for the third consecutive year. This is a project that fits perfectly with the company, one of the missions being to assist drivers in climbing the motorsport ladder.

“In 2012, James had several achievements in GP2 and with the support of his environment, which allows us to work together harmoniously and confidently, we approach 2013 with one clear objective, to be champions.”