British driver James Calado has joined Force India as their reserve driver.
Calado, 24, is currently in fifth place in this season’s GP2 championship and recently won the sprint race in Belgium.
Calado also drove for Force India during the young drivers test at Silverstone.
He will continue to race in GP2 and will also drive in first practice for Force India in Italy.
“I’m pleased to confirm that we’ve signed James as our third driver,” said team principal Vijay Mallya.
“We worked with him during the Silverstone test and he impressed everyone with his speed and consistency. We’ve always tried to support young drivers and this is a great opportunity for James to gain some valuable experience of driving during Formula One race events.”
“James will take part in the opening free practice session on Friday. He will also run in practice at several other races this year.”
“It’s always useful to get another driver’s feedback on the car and it will help us evaluate James.”
Force India has used their reserve driver slot to effect in the past, with Vitantonio Liuzzi, Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg all enjoying spells as their reserve driver before being promoted to a race seat.
Calado will also sit in on team debriefs, alongside regular race drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil.
“It’s a massive moment in my career and something I’ve been working towards since I started racing in single-seaters with the Racing Steps Foundation,” said Calado
“Working with everyone at Force India during the Silverstone test was an amazing experience and I feel very fortunate to be part of the team going forward.”
“Track time in a Formula One car is so limited these days, so it means a lot that the team will let me drive some free practice sessions.”
“That will be very valuable for me and I will do all I can to help the team in the upcoming races.”