Carmen Jorda joins Lotus as development driver

Former GP3 racer Carmen Jorda has joined the Lotus Formula One team as a development driver for the 2015 season.

Jorda spent the last three years competing in GP3, but she lost her seat at Koiranen to Dean Stoneman halfway through 2014.

Jorda, 26, has a 13th place finish as her best result in GP3 and has never qualified higher than 22nd.

Lotus said she will drive this year's E23 car during the course of 2015, and will also have a "significant simulator programme".

"We are happy to announce Carmen Jorda as a Development Driver for Lotus F1 Team and we are looking forward to working with her over the course of the season and ultimately seeing her behind the wheel of the car," said Lotus CEO Matthew Carter.

Carmen will bring a fresh perspective to the team. We have a strong programme for her attending Grands Prix as well as extensive time in our sophisticated simulation facility at Enstone.

"She is a unique addition to the team and we are looking forward to helping her progress her goals as well as receiving the benefit of her insights and contributions to the development of the E23 Hybrid."

Jorda added: "It feels like a dream come true to join Lotus F1 Team. I've been racing since I was ten years old so it was my dream to drive a Formula 1 car since I was very young. Joining Lotus F1 Team is a big step towards my goal.

"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; it's such a fantastic opportunity. I know this is just the beginning and the biggest challenge is yet to come but already being part of a team with such a history is a real honour.

"This is a great achievement, but an even greater opportunity which will lead to bigger and better things."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Matthew Carter , Carmen Jorda , Dean Stoneman
Article type Breaking news
Tags lotus