Carmen Jorda has lashed back at former Formula1 colleague Marco Sorensen following an accusation that her presence at Renault caused him to quit the sport.
“She was 12 seconds slower than me in the simulator,” Sorensen is quoted as saying by the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.
“Still, she ran away with all the rewards.
“For the past two years I have spent at least 60 days in the simulator, which is about the same as Kevin (Magnussen) at McLaren. So I felt violated to the point that it finally became too much and I had to stop.”
However, Jorda has rubbished Sorensen’s claims.
“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.”
“I was a second or less from Grosjean, so I think if someone was eleven seconds faster than Romain, I am sure every team on the grid would want him.”
Jorda’s involvement within Formula1 has repeatedly come under criticism. Former rally driver and head of the FIA’s Women & Motor Sport Commission, Michèle Mouton, described her as a ‘marketing gimmick within the sport’.