Connect with us

2015 F1

Carmen Jorda’s rivals unhappy with Lotus news

Published

on

carmen_jorda_27
Fellow race drivers have reacted with dismay to the identity of Lotus’ new F1 development driver.

The Enstone team announced on Thursday that 26-year-old Spanish female driver Carmen Jorda will attend grands prix in 2015, work on the simulator and even test the new E23 car.

Jorda, whose father Jose Miguel was also a racing driver, has raced in F3, Indy Lights and most recently GP3, where in 2012-2014 she finished the championship in 28th, 30th and 29th places respectively.

“It was my dream to drive a formula one car since I was very young,” she said on Thursday whilst attending the final Barcelona test.

“Joining Lotus is a big step towards my goal.”

However, news that another female driver is now knocking on F1’s door did not go down well universally.

In Reuters’ media report of the news, correspondent Alan Baldwin noted that, last year, Jorda failed to finish a single race in the top ten, despite the same GP3 car proving “a winner when it was put in the hands of Britain’s Dean Stoneman”.

And Rob Cregan, who was Jorda’s GP3 teammate in 2012, said on Twitter: “Carmen Jorda couldn’t develop a roll of film let alone a hybrid F1 car.”

He was among many who suspect that her signing is more about her gender, appearance and money.

“F1 is about talent not money and nagging up fake positions,” Cregan added.

Another of Jorda’s on-track rivals, 2014 GP3 race winner Richie Stanaway, reacted to the news on Twitter simply with the comment “LOL”.

And Mitch Evans, GP3’s champion of 2012 and a race winner in the F1 feeder series GP2 last year, used his Twitter identity to tell Lotus: “It’s not April 1st yet”. (GMM)

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2019 F111 hours ago

Mercedes not opposed to budget cap – Wolff

Mercedes is not opposed to the introduction of a budget cap in formula one. Earlier, based on an interview in...

2019 F111 hours ago

There is more to come – Helmut Marko

Honda is promising more power, and Red Bull is determined to improve its chassis after the new works pairing impressed...

2019 F111 hours ago

Overtaking no easier in 2019 – Grosjean

Overtaking has not become easier with the new-for-2019 front wing designs. In a bid to help drivers to follow and...

2019 F111 hours ago

Former Bottas sponsor not responding to Bottas comments

Valtteri Bottas’ former long-time sponsor is not commenting on whether he thinks the Mercedes’ driver’s comments were specifically addressed to...

2019 F112 hours ago

Five theories to explain Ferrari crisis

Elements of the Italian media are wondering if Ferrari’s 2019 title hopes have collapsed after just a single race. The...

2019 F11 day ago

Red Bull not looking behind at Ferrari – Marko

Red Bull-Honda is setting its sights on championship leaders Mercedes, not the struggling Ferrari team. That is the claim of...

2019 F11 day ago

Too soon to say pressure getting to Gasly – Horner

Boss Christian Horner has backed new recruit Pierre Gasly after a difficult start to 2019 for the Red Bull driver....

2019 F11 day ago

Mercedes still opposed to budget cap – Wolff

Toto Wolff has renewed Mercedes’ opposition to plans for team budget caps in 2021. In Melbourne, FIA president Jean Todt...

2019 F11 day ago

Ricciardo needs harder skin for midfield life – boss

Cyril Abiteboul says Daniel Ricciardo may develop a “harder skin” for life further down the F1 grid. Having switched from...

2019 F11 day ago

Italian press blasts weak Vettel

Mattia Binotto says Ferrari is not panicking after a bad start to the 2019 season. The entire paddock was stunned...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media