- Oct 27, 2014
Former GP3 racer Carmen Jordá has been announced as Lotus F1 Team's official development driver alongside third driver Jolyon Palmer, plus race drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.
Jordá is now the second female driver in F1 besides William’s Susie Wolff. The 26 year-old Spaniard, after podiums in Euro Formula 3 and a part-season in Indy Lights in 2010, had a less than stellar record in GP3, her best race finish being 13th after three seasons. Indeed F1 Fanatic has pointed out she currently has none of the necessary points to obtain an FIA superlicence for racing in F1, and that in 2013 Dean Stoneman was able to win twice in the same car after she dropped out from the last four races. But in a statement Jordá was thrilled to get the role: “I've been racing since I was 10 years old so it was my dream to drive a Formula 1 car since I was very young…It’s such a fantastic opportunity.” She added that: “I will be working to improve myself as a driver as well as helping the team to develop the car by testing new developments in the simulator.”
Lotus continue to test their new E23 at Barcelona, with Romain Grosjean completing 75 laps and finishing 5th fastest today.
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