Lynn aiming for Williams drive after dismissing a third year in GP2


Alex Lynn - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Alex Lynn has ruled out a third season of GP2 Series racing, and is pushing for a promotion to Formula 1 in 2017, with a drive with the Williams Martini Racing team his preferred role.

Lynn has spent two seasons as a Development driver for the Grove-based team, but has concentrated more on his GP2 campaigns, testing only occasionally for Williams, with a day each in the car at both the post Spanish and British Grand Prix tests.

Lynn sits ninth in the GP2 standings this year with eight races remaining, but the DAMS driver has two wins to his name and is not out of the reckoning for the title by a long way, with nine different drivers taking the chequered flag first so far this season.

“I would definitely rule out another year of GP2, that definitely won’t happen,” said Lynn to Autosport. “It’s all about a race seat in F1.  I want to move on from the junior ranks and be a Formula 1 race driver and move on in my career and my life.

“A Williams seat is 100% my priority. I have had talks with Williams, but it’s difficult. I’ve tried to prove myself in the car and I’m confident I’ve done that so I’ll keep asking and keep pushing.”

Alex Lynn tested for Williams at Silverstone earlier this season - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd
Alex Lynn tested for Williams at Silverstone earlier this season – Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Lynn knows he would have to displace one of either Valtteri Bottas or Felipe Massa in the race team line-up should he want to move into Formula 1, but would also accept a move to another team should Williams want to see what he can do in Formula 1.

“I really want to stay within Williams, whether they loan me out to another team and keep me under contract, I’d be really happy with that but my main goal is to be promoted to the main team, that’s what I’d love,” said Lynn to F1i.com.

“British driver, British team, I’m young, fast, hungry. For me I think it’s a great fit. Whether or not it happens, I don’t know, but I’d love to stay with this team and if they put me somewhere else in Formula 1 to show what I can do and learn the ropes then OK that’s great for me as well.”