Carmen Jorda Buades, born on 28th of May 1988 in Alcoy near Valencia, is a racing driver from Spain who spent most of her career in the lower ranks of formula racing.
Carmen Jorda followed the footsteps of her father
There are not so many female drivers in motorsport but Carmen never was in doubt what will be her occupation. As a daughter of former racer Jose Miguel Jorda she was involved in the world of racing. Her debut was in 2001 in karting, in the Valencian Community Championship, while in the following year Carmen was 7th in the Spanish National Championship.
After four years in karting, Jorda in 2007 in 2008 competed in the Spanish Formula 3. Her best result was the 4th place in the Copa F300 class scored in 2007. In 2009 Jorda began competing in the European Formula 3 Open Championship with Campos Racing but without too much success. However, Carmen scored two podium finishes in Copa F 306/300 class, eventually finishing 6th in the standings.
Short spell in the United States and GP3 Series debut
In 2010 Jorda moved to the United States to compete in the Indy Lights Series with Andersen Racing. She raced in five rounds and scored 84 points. Her best result was 10th place in the race at Long Beach while at the end of the season Carmen was 16th in the standings.
Carmen Jorda, 2010 Indy Lights Series
After not so glorious spell in the US and after having missed the 2011 season, Jorda returned to Europe. The next stop in her career was the GP3 Series, so she raced with Ocean Racing Technology in 2012. It was really poor season for the Spanish girl as she failed to score a single point out of 14 races.
Carmen Jorda, Koiranen GP, 2014 GP3 Series
The following two years weren’t any better. In 2013, as a member of Bamboo Engineering, she again failed to score just like in 2014 when Carmen was driving with the Koiranen GP team. However, she became the first woman to sustain in the GP3 Series for three years in a row.
Carmen Jorda became Formula 1 development driver
In February of 2015 it was announced that Jorda signed with Lotus Formula 1 team as a development driver. Many were thinking that Carmen soon will get a chance in the most prominent racing championship but that never happened. However, in the following year he stayed with the team which was renamed to Renault Sport F1 Team after the French manufacturer purchased Lotus.
Carmen Jorda became Lotus F1 Team development pilot in 2014
In parallel to her development driver duties, Jorda in 2016 raced with a considerable success in the Renault Sport Trophy Am class and in the Renault Sport Endurance Trophy series.
Just it was the case with many other women in the world of motorsport, Jorda’s racing abilities were questioned by both media and other drivers. Interestingly, one of the most vocal was legendary Michele Mouton, former rally racer and head of the FIA’s Women and Motor Sport Commission. She described Jorda as a marketing gimmick. Finally, the most frequent criticisms were that she earned the place in the F1 thanks to her looks rather than her skills.
Carmen Jorda is definitely better known as a handsome girl than a racing driver