Red Bull Junior drivers Alex Lynn (pictured right) and Pierre Gasly have signed with reigning GP2 Series champions DAMS, which is notable for two reasons.
The first is that Red Bull has never, until now, made a point of placing its juniors into GP2, and this must be perceived as an immediate aftereffect of the new FIA Superlicense system that places more points on GP2 than it does the World Series by Renault, which had been the normal landing spot for Red Bull’s next generation of drivers.
The second is that even with two full-season rookies, this team should retain its title contender status after Jolyon Palmer took this year’s crown.
Lynn is the reigning GP3 champion and talented prospect in Gasly made some GP2 starts the second half of last year with Caterham, prior to its evolution as Status GP.
“After the brilliant season we had in 2014 it’ll be difficult to do better!” team owner Jean-Paul Driot said in a release, via the official GP2 website. “Obviously our aim is to keep our titles and I’m delighted to welcome Pierre Gasly and Alex Lynn to the team.
“It’s the youngest driver line-up we’ve ever had in GP2, but we’ve got two exceptionally talented guys who have a great future ahead of them. Although the overall level in the championship will again be very high, I’m confident that with these drivers DAMS will prove worthy of its rank.”
Said Lynn, “Their record in the last few years speaks for itself and there’s nowhere else I wanted to be in GP2 – it’s a fantastic opportunity for me and I’d like to thank them for giving me this break. My aim is to fight for the Championship. It’s a long time since anybody won GP2 in their first year, but if we can get off to a solid start there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to fight for wins and podiums straight away.”
Added Gasly, “I’m very happy to be joining DAMS which, for me, is a benchmark. It’s the team I wanted to work with. The first tests we did together in Abu Dhabi really boosted my confidence.”