I’m not paid to be a grand apologist for Carmen Jorda but the debate over her performance as compared to Marco Sorensen and Romain Grosjean seems a bit out of control. Especially some of the mean tweets she’s received from fellow race car drivers.
Sorensen was quoted in Danish news as saying about Jorda:
“She was 12 seconds slower than me in the simulator,” he said. “Still, she reaped all the rewards.”
He felt his work on the simulator was far better and yet he was the one who had to depart the team while they kept Jorda. This didn’t sit well with Carmen as she offered a rebuke:
“I honestly don’t know who he is,” she told Spanish publication AS. “I haven’t ever seen him in Enstone. Last year he was not part of the team.
“I would like him to focus on his career. It’s not right that for him to highlight his achievements, he needs to use others, and me specifically.”
“I think it’s incredible that [Sorensen] says that,” Jorda responded.
“Last year in the simulator I used to be more or less within a second of Grosjean.
“If you trust Sorensen’s numbers… if someone was 11 seconds up on Romain, I’m sure that all the F1 teams on the grid would sign them.”
Fair enough, who knows what the real time deltas were against Romain or Marco and to be quite frank, I’m not sure it really matters. The fact is, Renault like what she brings to the table as an ambassador to the team and sport and has designs on getting her more seat and development time. She’s great from a marketing standpoint, one would presume, and that’s their business, not mine.
As our own Paul Charsley pointed out, it’s an odd day when drivers are now boasting about their video game pace. He was being tongue-in-cheek I am sure but he does bring up a good point, drivers can’t really talk much about their on-track pace these days so they have to talk about what they did on a simulator and while they are super awesome pieces of kit, they are not the same as racing.
What’s more unfortunate to me is that you cannot say a thing about Carmen and her skills or lack thereof without being accused as a chauvinist and sexist idiot. Shocking to me. I wrote a piece about her being retained at Renault, there was nothing untoward in the article I posted and yet I get accused of the kind of sentiment that would have women in the kitchens. This being said to me who is a man with two daughters and a wife…please.
Carmen may not have had the pace of Sorensen and I would be very surprised if she had the pace of Romain Grosjean if I’m honest but regardless, Renault like her presence at the team and that’s perfectly fine by me. If she is as fast as Romain, then good news for her and Renault…now go get a Super License.
Hat Tip: Motorsport