DS Virgin Racing has announced 2014 GP3 champion Alex Lynn as their reserve and development driver for the remainder of season three.
Lynn had previously highlighted his desire to take part in the fully-electric championship and has now agreed terms with the British-French squad in an important role for the outfit.
Having had his first taste of Formula E during the Donington tests driving for Jaguar, the British driver had envisaged a seat for season three, which he was not able to land. Despite not getting a full time seat, Lynn seemed optimistic and announced that he was “looking forward to some exciting new adventures in some new cars”, along with a photo of a Formula E car on his Instagram account.
DS Virgin Racing was Lynn’s choice to be a part of in 2017 in a reserve and development role, bringing “a wealth of experience and success to the team”, as stated by the time the announcement was made. “DS Virgin Racing is the coolest team in the Formula E championship. They are passionate about racing and go all out to win,” said the 23 year-old.
Lynn has signed a multi-year deal, venturing in Formula E after a successful career in junior series, with a Macau Grand Prix win and a GP3 championship to his name. Despite these accolades on his record, he recognises Formula E as a tough series to be successful in.
“Formula E is arguably the most competitive motor racing championship in the world, with the highest calibre of drivers. As a driver I want to be competing in the top series, which is why I’ve been trying so hard to get into Formula E, and DS Virgin was my first choice, so I’m delighted to have signed a multi year deal with DS Virgin Racing!”
The former GP2 DAMS driver will team up with Sam Bird and José María López, helping DS Virgin Racing to develop its car both in testing and at the squad’s simulator, as stated by the driver when asked about his role within the team.
“I like the combination of street racing along with the challenge of energy management. I think this series is going to suit me down to the ground. I look forward to working with Sam and Jose in testing and development of the cars and at the DS Performance sim in Satory”
Alex Tai, Team Principal, highlighted Lynn’s achievements on his career and what this means for the team.
“I’m delighted we have acquired a driver of the calibre and potential of Alex Lynn. It is a testament to the strength of Formula E that we’re now attracting drivers like Alex and it speaks volumes that Alex has chosen DS Virgin Racing as his team.”
DS Virgin Racing goes to the championship’s third round in Buenos Aires, Argentina, occupying the fourth place in the team standings. The Buenos Aires ePrix is the home race to López and the place where Bird delivered the team’s first victory in association with DS. The squad hopes to repeat last year’s success on Saturday 18 February.