Jorda: All-female F1 series would be “fantastic”


Lotus development driver Carmen Jorda has given her support to the formation of an all-female grand prix series to run alongside Formula 1, calling the idea “fantastic”.

Over the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that he was considering the creation of a series exclusively for women to get more female drivers racing and into the higher ranks of motorsport.

Williams’ test driver Susie Wolff is the leading woman currently participating in F1, having taken part in two practice sessions for the team during the 2014 season.

Wolff has made her thoughts clear in the past, saying that the sport would benefit from getting more women racing in an organic way instead of forcing the matter.

However, Jorda explained to the official F1 website,, that the sport should follow the example set by other sports and establish an all-female championship.

“Nowadays you see women competing in their own championships in most sports: football, tennis, skiing – you name it – and in none of these championships are men and women competing against each other,” Jorda said.

“So the question is ‘why not have a F1 world championship for women?'”

Jorda believes that one of the biggest problems holding women back in F1 is the reluctancy of sponsors to invest in drivers that they believe cannot compete.

“They believe that a woman cannot win in F1,” Jorda said. “That’s why I think a female F1 championship would be the right answer, and there are prominent supporters to that idea, as we have seen lately.”

Jorda joined Lotus in a development role at the beginning of the season after a rather underwhelming junior racing career, but is now taking it step-by-step in a bid to get a full-time drive.

“We are planning the season around testing the E23 Hybrid for the first time, and for that I have to get ready,” Jorda explained.

“It will need a lot of simulator work. Don’t forget, it’s my first year in Formula 1. Then let’s see what happens next year or the year after.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay hired as replacement for Conor Daly at Ed Carpenter Racing

Ryan Hunter-Reay Carpenter
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Ryan Hunter-Reay was named to replace Conor Daly in Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20 Dallara-Chevrolet, starting in the NTT IndyCar Series event next week at Road America.

Hunter-Reay is the 2012 series champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner. He finished 11th for Dreyer & Reinbold last month in the 107th Indy 500, his first start since the 2021 season finale. He drove full time for Andretti Autosport from 2010-21.

“We need to improve our competitiveness and I wanted to add a fresh perspective from a driver like Ryan who has a massive amount of experience and success as well as a reputation as a team leader. I am excited to welcome Ryan to the team,” team owner Ed Carpenter said in a team release. “We have worked together in the past as teammates and he tested for ECR at Barber Motorsports Park in October 2021, where he made an immediate impact as we were able to qualify one of our cars on the pole following that test. I am confident that his experience and technical abilities will be an asset to ECR as we move forward toward our goals as a team.”

Hunter-Reay has 18 IndyCar victories, most recently in 2018. He also is a winner in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, having been a part of winning entries in the 2020 Twelve Hours of Sebring and 2018 Petit Le Mans. Last year, he was an endurance driver for Cadillac Racing while being on standby for Chip Ganassi Racing.

He replaces Daly, whose departure was announced a day earlier in what the driver and team said was a mutual decision.

“I was surprised when I got the call from Ed,” Hunter-Reay said in a team release. “He described how frustrated he was that his team has not been able to realize its potential despite their efforts, investments, as well as technical and personnel changes over the past few years and asked for my help. Ed and I are very close friends and have been for a long time. I’ve worked with the team in the past and they are a very talented group with high expectations and a committed partner in BITNILE.COM.

“This will certainly be a challenge for me as well. It’s a tough situation jumping in a car in the middle of the season without any testing in what I believe to be the most competitive series in the world. Certainly, part of my motivation in saying ‘yes’ to Ed is the great challenge ahead. The last time I turned right driving an NTT IndyCar Series car was in October of 2021 with this team at Barber. However, I remain very confident in both my driving and technical abilities and believe by working with the talented people at ECR and Team Chevy, while representing BITNILE.COM, we will make progress. I am going to do everything I can do to help the team achieve its long-term objectives.”

Said Milton “Todd” Ault, the chairman of sponsor “It is great for to be aligned with an Indy 500 Winner and an NTT IndyCar Series champion. I have followed Ryan’s career for years and I am confident he will challenge the entire ECR team to perform at higher levels. I wish everyone luck at Road America.”