Williams Martini Racing has announced that Alex Lynn will be joining the team as a development driver for the upcoming season.
The 2014 GP3 champion will become fully immersed in the race team and gain a full understanding of its various functions. He will complete simulation work to help with the ongoing development of the Williams Mercedes FW37 and assist the race engineers in setting up the car for each Grand Prix. Lynn will also get behind the wheel of the FW37 for one day’s testing in Barcelona following this season’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Lynn will balance his Williams commitments with driving for DAMS in the GP2 championship, having won the GP3 championship last season. In the past he has raced in Formula Renault UK – winning the championship with 12 wins – as well as British F3, European F3, and he went on to win the Macau F3 Grand Prix in 2013. “I am extremely excited to be joining Williams, a team with such incredible history and amazing potential,” Lynn said of the news. “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.”
“Working with people like Sir Frank Williams and Pat Symonds is an incredible opportunity for me,” Lynn continued. “There is so much experience here at Williams and I hope to be able to use the knowledge gained from these people to further develop my skills as a racing driver and respected member of this team. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming from the outset, we have hit the ground running and I am very excited about the challenges this role offers – particularly my own track activities driving the FW37 in a few months time.”
“Williams has a strong track record in bringing young talent through the ranks,” Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams explained. “Our Development Driver position is designed to fully immerse new recruits into the inner workings of a Formula One team. As a British team we are always on the lookout for emerging home-grown talent and Alex has caught our eye with his impressive performances in GP3. He has been chosen on merit and we are confident that alongside Felipe [Massa], Valtteri [Bottas] and Susie [Wolff], Alex will help play an important role in making sure that the FW37 shows continuous improvement over the course of the 2015 season.”
Pre-season testing commences this Sunday at Jerez.