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. Ask @DanicaPatrick about being 💪🏽 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 https://t.co/hbyMzrCypg
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) March 6, 2018
“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.”