Alex Lynn

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Alex Lynn
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 27)
Goodmayes, Greater London, England
GP2 Series career
Debut season 2015
Current team DAMS
Car no. 5
Starts 25
Wins 3
Poles 2
Fastest laps 3
Best finish 6th in 2015
Previous series
2014
2012-13
2012
2011
2011, 13
201011
200910
GP3 Series
European F3
British Formula 3
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Toyota Racing Series
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault UK Winter Cup
Championship titles
2014
2011
2010
GP3 Series
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault UK Winter Cup

Alexander George Lynn (born 17 September 1993) is a British Williams F1 development driver currently racing for DAMS in the 2016 GP2 Series season. He lives in Great Dunmow, Essex and is a former pupil of Saint Nicholas School, Old Harlow, Essex.

Career

Karting

Lynn began his racing career in karting at the age of eleven with Andy Cox Racing. In 2008 after four years in Mini Max and JICA classes he switched to Ricky Flynn Motorsport for competing in KF2 category, finishing British KF2 championship on the sixth place in the series standings.[1]

Formula Renault

In 2009 Lynn made his début in single-seaters taking part in the Formula Renault UK Winter Cup for Fortec Motorsport, finishing tenth in the standings. He finished the main Formula Renault UK Series in the same position, winning the Graduate Cup by scoring his first podium at the final race of the season at Brands Hatch.[2]

Lynn continued his collaboration with Fortec for 2010 Formula Renault UK Winter Cup and the 2011 main series, becoming champion in both series, with three and twelve wins respectively.[3] He also appeared in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 at Hungaroring and Silverstone. His best result was second place from pole at Silverstone.[4]

Toyota Racing Series

In the interval between 2010 Winter Cup and 2011 Formula Renault UK series he contested in Toyota Racing Series with Giles Motorsport, finishing ninth with a win in the first round of the series at Teretonga Park.[5]

Lynn returned to New Zealand in January 2013 to contest the series again; this time with M2 Competition. 4 pole positions, 3 race wins, 9 podiums and 3 fastest laps gave him 2nd place overall and the highest placed international driver.[6]

Formula Three

On 20 October 2011 it was announced that Lynn would represent Fortec Motorsports in 2012 for the fourth consecutive year in British Formula 3 Championship.[7] In addition he participated in selected Formula 3 Euro Series rounds. Lynn finished the 2012 British Formula 3 season in 4th place, with a race win at Silverstone and 5 podium places as well as 2 podiums in the Formula 3 Euro Series.

In November 2012 Lynn travelled to Macau to compete in the prestigious 59th SJM Macau Grand Prix. Lynn earned pole position for the qualification race,[8] the first rookie to do so since 2006. In the race itself Lynn finished on the podium in third position and the highest placed rookie driver overall.

On 15 November 2012 it was announced that Lynn would be moving to Prema Powerteam and racing in the FIA European F3 Championship for the 2013 season.[9] Lynn achieved 3rd overall in the championship and highest placed rookie driver, with 3 race wins, 14 podiums and 5 pole positions; including triple pole position at his home round at Brands Hatch.[10]

In November 2013 Lynn returned to Macau to compete once again in the Star River Windsor Arch 60th Macau Grand Prix[11] with Theodore Racing by Prema, a collaboration between SJM Holdings, Teddy Yip Jr's Theodore Racing[12] and Prema Powerteam. Theodore Racing had last appeared at the Grand Prix in 1992 and was celebrating 30 years since they had won the event with Ayrton Senna at the wheel. Lynn won the qualification race to give him pole position for the main race and went on to dominate the main race from start to finish; becoming the first Briton to win the Grand Prix since 2007.[13]

GP3 Series

Lynn will compete at the GP3 Series in 2014 for Carlin Motorsport as a member of the Red Bull Junior Team programme. He won on his debut at the Circuit de Catalunya supporting the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix, starting from pole and setting the fastest race lap to take the maximum points from the race. In the sprint race he finished 18th, but still led the championship after its first round. Lynn won again at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, setting pole position before securing a comfortable win over his team-mate, Emil Bernstorff. But again he was out of luck in the reverse grid race two, finishing 20th after picking up a lap-one puncture. The Briton was disappointed to miss out on a home win in the third round at Silverstone in the UK, but second in race one and a fighting sixth in race two helped him to maintain his championship lead. In round four at Hockenheim in Germany, Lynn consolidated that lead by finishing second and third in the two races. He then recorded two fourth-placed finishes at the Hungaroring to extend his title advantage to 31 points over Richie Stanaway heading into the summer break. In Belgium, he managed to score 4 championship points to take 8th place and the reverse grid pole for the following sprint race. He dominated the race, finishing where he started, in 1st position. A similar situation happened in the next round at Monza, Italy where Lynn finished in 6th place for the feature race and managed to get 2nd in the sprint race due to his excellent driving as well as help with the reverse grid order rule in all gp categories.

GP2 Series

Having won the GP3 Series title in 2014, Lynn was rewarded with a day of testing with GP2 team ART Grand Prix. He followed this up with a day of testing with Carlin. In early January, Lynn, along with fellow Red Bull Junior Pierre Gasly, signed with DAMS in order to win the GP2 Series crown in 2015.[14] He finished sixth in the championship, having scored two wins at Barcelona and the Hungaroring.

Lynn will remain with DAMS for the 2016 season.

Formula One

Following his win of the GP3 title, it was announced Lynn would partake in the post season testing, driving for Lotus F1. On 28 January 2015, Lynn was confirmed as the new development driver for the Williams F1 team, thereby severing his ties with Red Bull.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2009 Formula Renault UK Winter Series Fortec Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 40 10th
2010 Formula Renault UK Fortec Motorsport 20 0 0 0 1 210 10th
Formula Renault UK Winter Series 6 3 1 1 3 40 1st
2011 Formula Renault UK Fortec Motorsports 20 12 14 10 15 521 1st
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 4 0 1 0 1 26 14th
Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 12 1 0 1 3 514 9th
2012 British Formula 3 Fortec Motorsports 28 1 2 5 9 253 4th
FIA European Formula 3 Championship 10 0 0 0 2 N/A NC†
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 1 0 1 N/A 3rd
2013 Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 15 3 4 3 9 803 2nd
FIA European Formula 3 Championship Prema Powerteam 30 3 5 4 14 339.5 3rd
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
Macau Grand Prix Theodore Racing by Prema 1 1 1 0 1 N/A 1st
2014 GP3 Series Carlin 18 3 2 3 8 207 1st
Formula One Lotus F1 Team Test driver
2015 GP2 Series DAMS 22 2 2 2 4 110 6th
Formula One Williams Martini Racing Development driver
2016 GP2 Series DAMS 4 1 0 0 1 41 3rd*
Formula One Williams Martini Racing Development driver

As Lynn was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete FIA European Formula 3 Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2012 Fortec Motorsport Mercedes HOC
1

10
HOC
2

4
LEC
1

3
LEC
2

7
BRH
1
BRH
2
RBR
1
RBR
2
NOR
1

19
NOR
2

9
SPA
1

6
SPA
2

5
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
VAL
1
VAL
2
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

3
NC† 0†
2013 Prema Powerteam Mercedes MNZ
1

8
MNZ
2

6
MNZ
3

3
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

6
SIL
3

3
HOC
1

15
HOC
2

7
HOC
3

6
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

2
BRH
3

Ret
RBR
1

7
RBR
2

12
RBR
3

8
NOR
1

3
NOR
2

1
NOR
3

3
NÜR
1

14
NÜR
2

7
NÜR
3

6
ZAN
1

3
ZAN
2

2
ZAN
3

3
VAL
1

3
VAL
2

1
VAL
3

4
HOC
1

4
HOC
2

2
HOC
3

8
3rd 339.5

† – As Lynn was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete GP3 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2014 Carlin ESP
FEA

1
ESP
SPR

18
AUT
FEA

1
AUT
SPR

20
GBR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

6
GER
FEA

2
GER
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

4
BEL
FEA

8
BEL
SPR

1
ITA
FEA

6
ITA
SPR

2
RUS
FEA

7
RUS
SPR

5
ABU
FEA

5
ABU
SPR

2
1st 207

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2015 DAMS BHR
FEA

19
BHR
SPR

15
ESP
FEA

5
ESP
SPR

1
MON
FEA

13
MON
SPR

11
AUT
FEA

3
AUT
SPR

20
GBR
FEA

5
GBR
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

9
BEL
FEA

11
BEL
SPR

8
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

10
RUS
FEA

Ret
RUS
SPR

10
BHR
FEA

8
BHR
SPR

3
ABU
FEA

8
ABU
SPR

C
6th 110
2016 DAMS ESP
FEA

6
ESP
SPR

1
MON
FEA

4
MON
SPR

5
EUR
FEA

EUR
SPR

AUT
FEA

AUT
SPR

GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

GER
FEA

GER
SPR

BEL
FEA

BEL
SPR

ITA
FEA

ITA
SPR

MAL
FEA

MAL
SPR

ABU
FEA

ABU
SPR

3rd* 41*

* Season still in progress.

References

  1. "BIOGRAPHY". alexlynnracing.com. Retrieved 5 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Brands Hatch Indy" (PDF). British Formula Renault Championship. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Champion Lynn and Rowland share the spoils at Silverstone". British Formula Renault Championship. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Résultats Silverstone 2011 – Race 2". Renault Sport. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "2011 Toyota Racing Series Teretonga Race 3" (PDF). Toyota Racing Series. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. http://www.toyotaracing.co.nz/wp-content/themes/TRS/uploads/2009/08/2013-Toyota-Racing-Series-Points2.pdf
  7. Weeks, James (20 October 2011). "Lynn sticks with Fortec for British F3 graduation". motorstv.com. Motors TV. Retrieved 20 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 2012 Macau Grand Prix Formula Three
  9. http://www.premapowerteam.com/en/news.php?categ=10&id_news=8998
  10. http://www.fiaf3europe.com/en/news/Three-pole-positions-for-local-hero-Alex-Lynn.html
  11. 2013 Macau Grand Prix Formula Three
  12. http://statusgp.com/sjm-teams-theodore-racing-macau-gp/
  13. Macau Grand Prix
  14. http://callumrowesgp2blog.com/2015/01/08/gasly-lynn-confirmed-as-dams-drivers-for-2015/

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Blomqvist
Formula Renault UK
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
António Félix da Costa
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

2013
Succeeded by
Felix Rosenqvist
Preceded by
Daniil Kvyat
GP3 Series
Champion

2014
Succeeded by
Esteban Ocon