Carmen Jorda has raised the hackles of many in the motorsport community by suggesting that it would be easier for women to compete in Formula E, with its lower G forces and cars fitted with power steering, than in Formula One or Formula Two.
Jorda’s comments sparked a wave of reaction from both male and female racing drivers on Twitter, including IndyCar racer Pippa Mann, British F3 driver Jamie Chadwick and 2009 F1 champ Jenson Button. Check out a selection of the most vociferous below…
One particularly enraged member of the racing scene was former Audi race engineer Leena Gade, who shot to prominence following her starring role in Audi’s documentary of its 2011 Le Mans experience, Truth in 24 II. A fellow member of the FIA’s Women in Motorsport Commission along with Jorda, Gade’s initial reaction to the Spaniard’s comments was succinct…
… before Gade then launched into a four-tweet tirade against Jorda’s comments, where she called the Spanish driver out for telling “young girls not to aspire to beat the best competition but to find easier avenues”.
Jorda had previously caused controversy in 2015 when she spoke in support of Bernie Ecclestone’s mooted idea for an all-women F1 championship. The lingering effect of those comments left racers angry when Jorda was subsequently appointed to the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission in December 2017.
“To me personally, the appointment of someone with these core beliefs, to a committee meant to further the cause of women in racing, is incredibly disheartening, and represents a true step backwards from the FIA,” Pippa Mann, the first woman to drive a 230mph average lap of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, told Autosport at the time.
“It is extremely disappointing to learn that a racer with no notable results in any of the categories in which she has competed, and who believes and is quoted as saying that she does not believe we as female racers can compete, has been appointed to the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission.”
As an antidote to all the opprobrium, Jenson Button drew his Twitter followers’ attention to a more optimistic ‘women-in-motorsport’ story – that of the recent video of 12-year-old Japanese racer Juju Noda pushing the limits of an F3 racer.
Now that’s something we can all get behind…
Source: Red Bull