Ex-Lotus development driver, Marco Sørensen, this week launched a withering attack on Carmen Jordá claiming he was 12 seconds a lap quicker than her in the simulator. Sørensen also said he felt ‘exploited’ by Lotus and whilst Carmen Jordá was continually in the spotlight during F1 weekends, he was treated like a nobody.
Jordá has hit back at Sørensen telling Spanish publication AS, “I honestly don’t know who he is, I’ve never seen him at Enstone and he was not part of the team last year.” Jordá appears bemused by the ’12 seconds a lap claim’ and she reveals, “I was a second or less slower than Grosjean, so I think if someone was eleven seconds faster than Romain, every team on the grid would want him.”
Danish newspaper contacted Marco Sørensen asking him his thoughts on Carmen Jordá’s response: “If Carmen Jordá feels that she is good enough to be in formula one, then long live the sport,” replied Sørensen dismissively. “You just need to look at her results, so it’s good that people can figure out who has talent and who does not.”
The war of words continued on twitter, with Jordá posting: “12 seconds faster? I’ve been laughing at that for 12 hours!”
Richie Stanaway, who raced against Jordá in GP3 in 2014, then joined in observing: “If you didn’t finish last in every #“race people would not make jokes.
Prior to joining Lotus, Carmen Jordá raced in GP3 between 2012 and 2014. She finished each respective season ranked 28th, 30th and 29th in the drivers’ championship.