GP3 champion Alex Lynn has joined Williams Martini Racing as a development driver for the 2015 Formula 1 season.
Lynn, 21, won last year’s GP3 championship in Abu Dhabi, but missed out on a full-time race seat in F1 at Toro Rosso for 2015 when Red Bull elected to promote Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen into the race seats.
In spite of this setback, Lynn turned his attention to moving up to GP2 for this coming season, securing a seat with defending champions DAMS alongside Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly.
However, he will balance his GP2 commitments with a development driver role at Williams which will see him offer support to full-time drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.
“Williams Martini Racing is pleased to announce that British racing driver Alex Lynn will be joining the team as Development Driver for the 2015 Formula One World Championship season,” a statement read yesterday.
“In this role, Alex will become fully immersed in the race team and gain a full understanding of its various functions. As Development Driver his primary role will be using the team’s simulation tools to help with the ongoing development of the Williams Mercedes FW37 and assisting the race engineers in setting up the car for each Grand Prix.
“Alex will also get behind the wheel of the FW37 for one day’s testing in Barcelona following this season’s Spanish Grand Prix in May.”
Lynn was delighted to confirm the news, and is hoping that it will give him a chance to move up into a full-time F1 seat in the near future.
“I am extremely excited to be joining Williams, a team with such incredible history and amazing potential,” he said. “Over the past year the team has made huge strides forward and it’s clear to see their determination to fight for more success in the future.I hope that with a strong year in GP2, while also helping to develop the F1 car throughout this season, I can follow in the footsteps of Valtteri Bottas who joined the Williams team in exactly the same Development Driver role. Through hard work and determination, he has gone from winning the GP3 title to earning his place as a Williams F1 race driver.
“I hope that with a strong year in GP2, while also helping to develop the F1 car throughout this season, I can follow in the footsteps of Valtteri Bottas who joined the Williams team in exactly the same Development Driver role. Through hard work and determination, he has gone from winning the GP3 title to earning his place as a Williams F1 race driver.”
With this move, Lynn has cut ties with the Red Bull junior programme of which he was a part of in 2014, and he will now be focusing on a strong season in 2015 to put himself in the mix for an F1 seat next year.