If you’re a Carmen Jorda fan and appreciate her car development skills as a reserve driver for the team, then Renault’s announcement that they are retaining her for her skills is good news. Jorda said:
“I’m happy and I’m glad to be part of them as development driver and the exciting news is that I will be racing this year, not in F1, but in another series with Renault,” Jorda said.
“It is not just going to be simulator and development work so it is great.”
While she’s often been the focus of a few comments regarding how much input she provided the team when it was Lotus F1, she does think the new owners, Renault, have been a great change for the Enstone group:
“We are like a family, we are a group of people and when we have bad moments we stay together and when we have good moments we are even closer,” she added.
“The spirit of the team is very important and I think we have it and Renault is putting in the rest. I think we can achieve good things, we have a good project for the next three, four years, so it is looking great.”
All I know is, Paul will be happy with the announcement. I assume Susie Wolff’s new Dare to be Different organization will be thrilled with a female involved in Formula 1 even though susie herself retired from her Williams F1 reserve driver roll.
The other news that she’ll be driving for Renault in another series is good for development and what better way for a development driver to develop themselves than through more racing on track? That and the fact that Renault’s marketing arm are no fools either. ;)