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2015-03-03 09:23

CRITICS CUT NO ICE WITH CARMEN: Rivals of new Lotus F1 signing Carmen Jorda have been heavy with criticism about her new job. Seems she's cool about their whingeing. Image: Facebook

MADRID, Spain - F1's new female signing Carmen Jorda has hit back at her harshest critics.

Although she finished last year's GP3 season 29th overall, 26-year-old Spaniard Jorda has been signed up as a development driver by Lotus.

Some of her former on-track rivals were unimpressed by the news, suggesting it was more about her gender, appearance and marketability than her talent and results.


Rob Cregan, her GP3 team mate in 2012, said on Twitter: "Carmen Jorda couldn't develop a roll of film let alone a hybrid F1 car."

Jorda, however, dismissed the criticism. "Formula one is full of jealousy," she told the German newspaper Bild. "There are few cockpits, so only a few can make it. Rob is obviously jealous that I'm here and he is not.

"I wish him all the best, that's all I can say."

Lotus has said she will work on the simulator, attend Grands Prix through 2015 - even drive the E23 car at some point.


"First I must understand how the team works," Jorda said. "What happens here cannot be compared with GP3."

She also said the matter of an F1 superlicence could wait while she takes the leap into the highest category of motor racing "step by step".

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