Carmen Jorda is a terrible choice. Horrid. Factually she was a shocker behind the wheel. Her lack of ability and results in the major categories she tried are not debatable. She was in fact, quite rubbish.
Yes she did for a short time become an F1 development driver, but please, that wasn’t because of her room full of trophies. Remember that great quote by her then teammate? "Carmen couldn't develop a roll of film..."
Granted, she’s still probably quicker than many average club drivers, but she was never competitive at higher levels.
Then to make it worse, because of her poor standings she openly, and repeatedly, started to share her pathetic thoughts on the matter - such as:
“It’s not fair to be compared with men because we will never be on the same level.”
Yes. She was serious.
In a sport where men and women can be equal, and a sport that should be showing the world that they can be, having a token representative there because she looks great on camera and in a bikini is clearly insulting.
Her role on the FIA women’s commission is to “promote the involvement of women at all levels of motorsport” and “highlight where women are successful” - all to increase participation.
How on earth can someone who was not successful by results and therefore cried - it’s not fair because I was racing against men - be the choice of the FIA?
Here are some more crackers from her to help cement my point.
“I believe a woman’s F1 championship would give us the chance to achieve our dreams and compete on an equal footing — as in other sports. One day it will happen and it is the right thing to do.”
“They think because we are driving a car we are on the same level as men which is completely not true because we will never be the same as them. I have had to fight through many things to get to the top of this sport, just because I am a woman, and that is not fair.”
Seriously, this is her attitude.
“Well, I think society has changed a lot in the last few decades,” Jorda told the official F1 website. “You see women in better jobs, managing to have careers of their own in areas that were deemed male for a long time. Nowadays you see women competing in their own championships in most sports: football, tennis, skiing - you name it - and in none of these championships are men and women competing against each other. So the question is: why not have a F1 world championship for women?”
The FIA have appointed her to the council. They have appointed someone that believes women cannot prepare themselves for top level sport. She said this to Sky Sports UK:
“I really believe that there is a natural disadvantage between man and woman. That’s why in many other sports, men and women, they have separate championships. So I think physically, Formula One, sometimes people don’t realize, but that’s why drivers have to prepare themselves so much, because it’s a really physical sport”
Yes that’s right, she reckons women are not able to train themselves to a required level of fitness to race cars at the top level “so much”.
And she is on the council, backed by those in power.
They’re men, and you have to wonder at their reasonings. Although until they can justify their call, we can all make a pretty fair assumption.