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What's it like to be a woman in F1?

Updated 1834 GMT (0234 HKT) August 26, 2015
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Carmen Jorda joined Lotus F1 as a development driver ahead of the 2015 season. Lotus F1 Team
The 26-year-old works on an intensive simulator program at Lotus' base in Enstone, England. Lotus F1 Team
F1 magnate Bernie Ecclestone -- who's worth over $3 billion, according to Forbes -- has speculated that there could be separate female races. Clive Mason/Getty Images/file
But not everyone is a fan -- Williams' test driver Susie Wolff has spoken out against Ecclestone's idea, saying she prefers to test her mettle against men as well as women. Williams F1
Alongside development work, Jorda is no stranger to photo ops, with her website stating she's "regularly found in the gym keeping fit, on the red carpet at glamorous events or in front of a TV camera presenting." Lotus F1 Team
"Carmen is intelligent, incredibly determined and believes women have their place in motorsport," the website says of the Spaniard. Lotus F1 Team
Jorda began racing professionally in 2001, and has competed across Europe and America in Formula 3 and Indy Lights series. Lotus F1 Team
Both Wolff and Jorda hope to be role models for girls and inspire them to take up racing. Lous F1 Team