Carmen Jorda hopeful of Lotus stay for 2016

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Lotus development driver Carmen Jorda is hopeful of remaining with Lotus for the 2016 Formula 1 season following its takeover by Renault.

Jorda joined Lotus at the beginning of the 2015 season in a development role following a junior career that saw her race in Indy Lights, GP3 and F3.

Following the retirement of Susie Wolff at the end of the season, Jorda is now the only female racing driver on the books of any F1 team.

The Spanish racer has spent much of the year adapting to life in F1 and working with Lotus in its simulator, as well as travelling to most of the races with the team.

“It was a really good year for me and an amazing experience in which I learnt a lot from everyone here at Enstone,” Jorda said in an interview on Lotus’ website.

“The team and I have been through a lot of exciting moments, and some slightly more challenging. I think there was a good balance through the year though.

“The most important thing I learnt was the whole hidden process to goes into driving a Formula 1 car. There’s so much that goes around that which I wasn’t aware of. I’ve been driving cars for years but it’s just not the same so it was a big learning experience for me.”

When asked what she was planning next, Jorda said: “Hopefully I’ll have good news to announce with the team and I’m excited to see what the future holds and for something new.

“We’re all hoping for a good end to the year after a challenging year.”

Lotus is set to be rebranded as Renault for next season following the French marque’s decision to go through with the acquisition of the team, as announced earlier this month.