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Alex Lynn joins Taylor brothers for Sebring, Petit Le Mans

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Alex Lynn will join Jordan and Ricky Taylor in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R at Wayne Taylor Racing for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance events at Sebring and Road Atlanta.

Lynn, 23, won the GP3 title in 2014 before stepping up to GP2 and also working in a junior role with the Williams Formula 1 team.

However, with opportunities in F1 limited, Lynn turned his attention at the end of last year towards a career in sportscars, making his FIA World Endurance Championship debut in Fuji with Manor.

The Briton was recently announced as DS Virgin Racing’s new reserve driver in Formula E, as well as joining BMW’s line-up for the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

Lynn will now make his IMSA debut at Sebring for the 12-hour race next month, replacing Max Angelelli, who retired after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona last month alongside the Taylor brothers and Jeff Gordon.

“I am delighted to be making my IMSA debut with the Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team – the racing team and carmaker who both have such an incredible heritage and passionate desire to win,” Lynn said.

“I would like to sincerely thank Wayne and Max for trusting me to join Ricky and Jordan in this incredible racecar.

“I look forward to learning a lot from the entire team and playing my part in building on the fantastic recent result at Daytona. I fully expect us to be fighting for wins at Sebring and Road Atlanta.”

“We welcome Alex to the Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team with hopes of picking up where we left off at Daytona,” Wayne Taylor added.

“Alex is a very polished, young competitor who is cut from the same mold as Ricky and Jordan and Max in his ability to fight his way to the front and to stay there in seemingly any kind of racecar. He will be an ideal representative of this team, for Konica Minolta, for Cadillac, for all our partners.”

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.