It appears Lotus has a thing for testing drivers with short surnames, and that streak continued with news newly crowned GP3 champion Alex Lynn will have an afternoon of running in the team’s E22 chassis on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
Lynn follows on from Esteban Ocon, who ran in free practice one of the Grand Prix weekend last Friday, and reserve driver Charles Pic, who wound up testing on Tuesday. Ocon will run the morning on Wednesday before Lynn takes over.
For the Englishman, it will mark his Formula One testing debut and provide an opportunity to showcase himself in the same test as Carlos Sainz, who tested for Red Bull today. Both Red Bull proteges are in contention for the vacant Toro Rosso seat alongside Max Verstappen next season.
The Lotus shares the same Renault power plant as the Toro Rosso, so this should give Lynn a feel of a similar power unit to what he could be expecting at STR – if he gets an opportunity there.
While not the favorite for the STR seat, if Lynn was to get the promotion he’d be the second straight GP3 champion to do so, after Daniil Kvyat’s call-up a year ago.