Lotus has announced that Carmen Jord√° is its new development driver for the year. Could she beat Susie Wolff to a Formula One drive? We're not sure, but it's pretty awesome to see another woman nudging closer to competing in F1.

Lotus says Jord√° will focus on simulator and fitness work for now, with the goal of getting her seat time in the new E23 Hybrid car by the end of the year.

Jord√° isn't a standout per se. She placed a career-highest of sixth place in 2009 for the European F3 Open series. Unfortunately, like Wolff, the number of wins to her name is a big ol' goose-egg zero.

She's also another kid of an ex-driver, José Miguel Jordá. Given the number of ex-drivers' superbabies in the sport, I guess that's par for the course.

"It feels like a dream come true to join Lotus F1 Team," she told Lotus. "I've been racing since I was ten years old so it was my dream to drive a Formula 1 car since I was very young."

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In addition to the usual background of European open-wheel series, she also has a season in Indy Lights.

Will she finally be able to eke out a win in something with Lotus' support? Ehhh. Ehhhhh. I don't know.

But hey, another woman! Cool. (Can we maybe poach de Silvestro or someone with a solid driving record next time?)

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