Renault development driver Carmen Jorda has been criticized by former Lotus reverse driver Marco Sorenson who has stated that the Spaniard does not deserve her place in the team.
In a completely unprovoked attack on Jorda, Sorenson commented by saying:
I could not come up with 50 million kroner, which I’ve heard is the starting amount if you want to buy a Formula One seat,
Sorenson’s comments came via twitter where a number of drivers have been critical towards the Spaniard.
Jorda was confirmed a the Enstone last week when the team also confirmed that Jolyon Palmer will be joined by former McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen.
Jorda would not be with Renault this season if they did not feel that she is the right fit for the team. In the case of simulator work it is not all about you speed on track but it also about the feedback that you give because this what the engineers will use to help improve the on track performance of the car.
In a tweet to Jorda, Aston Martin GTE driver Richie Stanaway commented:
However Jorda is the one with a contract at the Renault Formula One Team alongside Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen and she has shown the management at Enstone through her work at the factory and at Grand Prix events that she deserves her position with the outfit.
The Spaniard is likely to be given a run in the Renault F1 car during the year as part of her programme with the team and will once again travel to Grand Prix events with the the outfit.
Sorenson believes that his countryman Kevin Magnussen will also have the upper hand on team mate Jolyon Palmer this season.
Following Susie Wolff’s decision to retire from motorsport, Carmen Jorda is the only female driver currently in Formula One and continues to work extremely hard at Enstone to help the team to be more competitive.
After Sorenson stated that Jorda was 12 seconds of his pace in the simulator at Lotus, she replied to the tweet by saying:
12 seconds faster? I’ve been laughing from that for 12 hours