Thursday, 26 February 2015

It's official! Carmen join the Lotus F1 Team as Development driver

(Lotus F1 Team)

As Paddock Eye reported earlier today it has now been officially confirmed that the Lotus F1 Team have signed Spanish GP3 driver Carmen Jorda as Development driver from 2015 onwards.

The highly rated Spaniard will attend Formula One Grand Prix and official test events with the Lotus F1 Team as well as carrying out extensive work in the team’s simulator in Enstone Jorda will also get the opportunity for regular outings in the E23 Hybrid over the course of the 2015 Formula One season.

The Spaniard has a distinguished motor racing career having raced in the European Open Formula 3 championship, the American Indy Lights Series and joins the Lotus F1 Team following time in the GP3 Series.

Speaking about Jorda’s appointment to at the outfit, Lotus F1 Team CEO Matthew Carter stated:

'We are happy to announce Carmen Jordá 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. 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.'

(Lotus F1 Team)

Speaking about her arrival at the team, Jorda commented saying:

'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.'

(Lotus F1 Team)

© Ben Johnston 2015

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