It’s the buzz of the racing world. Former Lotus development driver Carmen Jorda has returned to racing this year, competing in the Renault Sport Trophy Series at the Motorland Aragon circuit. The Spanish driver last raced in the 2014 GP3 championship, but has not competed since losing her seat after the Monza race.
Jorda started her racing career in the Master Junior Formula Series in 2005, entering the Spanish Formula Three and the European F3 Open. She initially became a professional car racer in 2010 when she tested a series of Indy Lights cars for Walker Racing at Sebring International Raceway.
On March 28, 2010, Jorda made her best career finish in the Firestone Indy Lights Series, where she achieved her first top-ten finish. Jorda also tried to compete at the Exhibition Place in Toronto on July 2010, but the race did not fare well for her. She finished last.
In 2012, Jorda made her first break into GP3 racing with Ocean Racing Technology, where she finished 28th place in the driver’s championship. This was immediately followed by a 30th-place finish with Bamboo Engineering and then 29th place with Koiranen GP.
On February of 2015, Jorda was hired by Lotus, which is now known as Renault Sport Formula One Team, as their development driver. Jorda became the Renault Sport brand ambassador when Lotus was acquired by French manufacturing giant Renault. But Jorda's signing as a Lotus development driver has come under fire. Some F1 officials describe her as some sort of "marketing gimmick", and claim that she got the position based on her looks rather than her performance.
In addition to her racing, the 28-year-old test driver is frequently found on the carpet at glamorous entertainment events or in front of a TV camera.
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