Former GP3 and Indy Lights driver Carmen Jorda has joined Lotus F1 Team as a development driver for the 2015 season.
Jorda, 26, failed to score a single point during three years in the GP3 Series, recording a best finish of 13th place in Valencia in 2012.
The Spaniard also took part in five Indy Lights races in 2010 for Andersen Racing, picking up 84 points for 16th in the final standings.
In a statement today, Lotus confirmed that Jorda would be joining the team in a development role for the coming season which incorporates an on-track test in the team’s F1 car.
“Carmen Jorda today joined Lotus F1 Team as a development driver for the 2015 season,” the team said. “Carmen will attend grands prix and Formula 1 tests throughout 2015 for Lotus F1 Team as well as undergoing a significant simulator programme at the team’s base in Enstone. Carmen will drive the E23 Hybrid on track during the course of 2015.”
Speaking after the announcement, Jorda made no secret of her delight, and is relishing the opportunity to be a part of the Lotus team in 2015.
“It feels like a dream come true to join Lotus F1 Team,” Jorda said. “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.”
Despite not having a junior racing CV that rattles off race wins and championship victories, Jorda will be hoping to do the best job possible with Lotus as she bids to follow in the footsteps of Susie Wolff and become the latest woman to take part in an F1 race weekend session.