It was announced yesterday that GP2 racer Alex Lynn has been retained by Williams as a development driver for the 2016 Formula 1 season.
As with last year, Lynn will dovetail a GP2 season with DAMS with his Williams work, after being appointed to the development role ahead of the 2015 campaign.
The 2014 GP3 champion represented Williams in the Barcelona in-season test last year, but the announcement does not mention similar outings this year.
Williams has also appointed Formula 3 driver Lance Stroll as another development driver when Susie Wolff retired from racing at the end of last season.
In a statement to the media yesterday, Lynn is delighted to remain in his role with the Williams team and is grateful for the opportunity he has been given. Lynn stated the following:-
‘I am really delighted to continue in my development driver role with the team this season and remain grateful for their ongoing support. I relish the opportunity to build on the hard work I put in last year, to continue helping develop the Formula 1 car and gaining further knowledge of the inner workings of the Williams team from both a technical and human perspective.
‘With the team’s blessing and support, my main focus this season will be to fight for the GP2 title. I am determined to prove myself worthy of graduating to become a fully-fledged Formula 1 race driver at some point in the not too distant future.’
In her own statement to the media yesterday, Claire Williams, deputy team principal of Williams, is hoping that with a further year under his belt with the team, Lynn will continue his upward momentum. Williams said the following about retaining Lynn:-
‘Alex played an important role in helping develop the team’s race cars in 2015, while at the same time demonstrating his talent with a strong debut season in GP2. We’re looking forward to seeing him progress this year, both within the team and as he fights for the GP2 title.’