The FIA have really shot themselves in the foot by appointing Renault Sport F1 Team development driver Carmen Jorda to the FIA commission for women in motorsport especially as Jorda is in favour of a separate racing category for female drivers.
Female drivers within the world of motorsport vented their frustration with Jorda’s appointment to the role, with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Pippa Mann tweeting:
@fia, If the news I am hearing is correct, and you have appointed a racer with no notable results, who does not believe we compete as equals in this sport, to represent women in racing, I am incredibly disappointed. Sincerely -an #Indy500 qualifier, #IndyLights race winner.
Since the tweet was posted last week, Mann has gathered plenty of support from fellow female drivers including Susie Wolff who is the founder and director of Dare To Be Different and Sauber F1 Team development driver Tatiana Calderon who have said that they felt disheartened by Jorda’s appointment to the FIA.
One person who would have been fantastic in the role is former IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher who was extremely talented and went on to become a Verizon IndyCar Series team owner when she set up Sarah Fisher Racing bringing reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden into the sport.
Fisher is still involved in the Verizon IndyCar Series as she serves as the official pace car driver during the season and she would have made the perfect ambassador for women in motorsport.