Yesterday it was announced that the Lotus Formula 1 team had signed GP3 driver Carmen Jordá as their development driver. The 26-year-old will work alongside reserve driver Jolyon Palmer as well as Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.
Now, just to make things clear, I am not sexist. Nor am I against women racing in motorsport. I think it’s great and I also believe that they can be competitive. Just look at Williams’ reserve driver Susie Wolff; when she gets behind the wheel she proves her role is deserved by posting competitive times with the rest of the field.
Simona de Silvestro is another female talent who was an affiliated driver with Sauber last year. De Silvestro never got the chance to compete in an F1 weekend, having only spent time in a 2012 Sauber during a private test.
Jordá, on the other hand, was far from being competitive during her three years in GP3. Her best finish was 13th in her first year, with her next best result 17th coming a year and a half later. In three years she failed to score a championship point.
Throughout the 2014 season Jordá raced for Koiranen GP in seven of the nine rounds of the championship. For the last four races her seat was occupied by Dean Stoneman, who in that time scored two race wins, a pole position and a second place.
Now, after boasting a lacklustre resume she’s ended up within a Formula 1 team and will have a chance to test a Formula 1 car. The thought of that must put so much doubt in the minds of the truly talented young drivers currently competing in GP2 and GP3, and resentment for drivers overlooked due to lack of funds.
To be fair I’m not just picking on Jordá, there are drivers on the F1 grid who in my view are not deserving of their seat. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson springs to mind, with just three race wins in four years of GP2. Those kinds of results don’t exactly scream talent when you’re up against the likes of 2013 champion Fabio Leimer and runner-up Sam Bird, who took five victories throughout the season.
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