Button hits back at Jorda’s F1 claims


Jenson Button says Carmen Jorda is “not helping proper female racing drivers” by claiming that they can’t physically do the job.

Jorda, who was on the fringes of Formula 1 during her time as Lotus’ development driver, recently stated that female racers should look to Formula E rather than F1 because the cars are easier to drive.

“It’s a less physical car than in Formula 1 because of the downforce and because of the power steering as well,” the Spaniard told ESPN.

“The challenge that we women have in Formula 2 and Formula 1 is a physical issue and I think in Formula E, we won’t have it.

“In my experience I can say Formula 1 – not all the other championships, karting, Formula Three, GT, I think women are capable of good results in all those series – in Formula 1 and Formula 2 there is a barrier that is a physical issue.

“I think there is a big issue for women and that’s why there aren’t any in those championships.”

Button believes she is doing women racers a disservice.

“Oh Carmen, you’re not helping proper female racing drivers with this comment,” Button posted on Twitter.

“Ask Danica Patrick about being strong enough to drive a race car! She’d kick my butt in the gym & she’s probably as strong as any driver on the F1 Grid right now.

“Physical barrier is not your issue Carmen.”