If there’s one person in Formula 1 who sums up everything wrong with people they claim to hate, and social media in 2016, it’s Carmen Jorda. She’s basically F1’s version of a Katie Hopkins at this point, but without the general… being an asshole thing.
Someday, people learnt that if you don’t want to support someone… you ignore them. That’s the one thing that harms what they’re trying to do. But every time she comes up on an F1 hard camera, or says something in an interview, or a fellow driver cracks jokes about her, we all take the bait – Just like when Katie Hopkins tries to be “edgy and controversial”. Renault see this value in her, because we keep her relevant, in the same way that reacting angrily to people deliberately being controversial for the sake of it, keeps them relevant in the eyes of the public.
It’s why Sky keep giving her time. It’s why F1 always get a camera on her in the paddock. It’s why even my peers on Downforce publish pointless articles on her, without failing to realize… You’re part of the problem. Now, before you call me out for doing the same here… I don’t really care. Jorda is an accidental hate figure because she got a job she was under-qualified for on paper. But we all know she didn’t get that job on paper, so why are we so mad? It’s really not all that different from some of the deliberate hate figures we have out there these days, like a Katie Hopkins, a Clay Travis, an Ann Coulter, a Donald Trump, etc.
So, when Richie Stanaway and Marcus Sorensen threw the shade at Carmen a fortnight ago, I laughed. Because they took the bait to make themselves feel better about their own superior talent, for a job where talent wasn’t a requirement. Hence, the following Drebrief script:
“God damn it racing drivers, you just can’t help yourselves can you? I thought we were over this Carmen Jorda shit by now, you know? But no, you gotta keep poking her with a stick, so now, I have to make this video script on the fly. Sorry