Alex Lynn ‘overdelivered’ in F1 role – Claire Williams


Williams Martini Racing deputy team principal Claire Williams believes Alex Lynnoverdelivered‘ in his Williams Formula 1 development driver role last season.

During the in-season test in Barcelona after the Spanish Grand Prix, Lynn got behind the wheel of the 2015 challenger. The Briton will complete a second season in GP2 with DAMS but his Williams role is unclear as the team have yet to decide its support driver line-up for the 2016 season.

“In terms of the job we wanted Alex to do, he has overdelivered,” Williams told Autosport“Alex is quite a complex character, he thinks a lot about everything that he does.

“He doesn’t just go crashing in there, everything is well-considered. He has gone through this development programme with us and he’s integrated across lots of areas of the business.

“Whether it is working in the simulator or with the guys in the composites, everything he has done, he has really outshone himself. The level of maturity for his age is quite impressive.”

Scoring two victories in GP2 led him to finish sixth in the driver’s standings. Williams expects him to make a bigger impression this season with completing his rookie year in GP2.

“GP2 was up and down for him last year,” she said. “He’s had some great moments but also some disappointing moments. But it was his rookie year in GP2 and we need to remember that.

“The series by its nature can deliver tough blows to these kids and can blind you to somebody’s true performance because of the nature of the grids. So in 2016, I think we’ll be able to see where Alex is as a driver.”