Lotus F1 has announced Carmen Jorda as its development driver for 2015 and she will work closely with the team at its Enstone factory in an intensive simulator programme.

Jorda, daughter of former driver Jose Miguel Jorda, has been racing since 2001 and graduated into F1 feeder series GP3 in 2012, where she has competed for the past three seasons. The 26-year-old says she has always had dreams of driving in Formula 1 and feels this is an important step towards fulfilling it.

"It feels like a dream come true to join Lotus F1 Team," said Jorda. "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."

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The Spanish driver, who also has experience in Euro Formula 3 and Indy Lights, will attend each Formula 1 Grand Prix with the Lotus team, helping to develop the E23 Hybrid car throughout the season. Jorda will also be granted some testing sessions in the car as well as an extensive simulator schedule.

"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," she added. "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."

Matthew Carter, Lotus F1 CEO, sees Jorda as a unique addition to the team and is delighted to welcome her on board.

"We are looking forward to working with her over the course of the season and ultimately seeing her behind the wheel of the car," Carter said.

"Carmen will bring a fresh perspective to the team. We have a strong programme for her attending Grands Prix as well as extensive time in our sophisticated simulation facility at Enstone. She is a unique addition to the team and we are looking forward to helping her progress her goals as well as receiving the benefit of her insights and contributions to the development of the E23 Hybrid."

Jordan spent three seasons competing in the GP3 Series, but failed to score a point.


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You gotta be f*cking kidding me. She has had 3 seasons in GP3 scoring 0 points and always being in last place. She really isn't qualified to drive an F1 car and FIA need to stop this.