Briton Alexander Lynn secures a full-time seat with Mahindra Racing partnering Alexander Sims behind the wheel of the M7 Electro.
“I’m incredibly excited to be back for Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and to be a part of Mahindra Racing.
“I’ve had the opportunity of driving the M7Electro on numerous test days and we’re all pretty proud of what we’ve come up with.”
He added: “We won’t know our competitiveness fully until the lights go out in Santiago, but we are here to consistently fight for wins and podiums; that’s what the team go racing for, and so do I.”
Ahead of 2019/2020 three double-headers grand finale, the Brit made his debut with the team, replacing German Pascal Wehrlein – who has left Mahindra early in June.
Lynn´s solid performances – including three Super Pole appearances – indicated that he could be back with the team to contest the inaugural season of the all-electric series as an FIA World Championship alongside countryman Alexander Sims.
The latter debuted in the fully-electric series as a works driver with BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Season 5, partnering DS Techeetah reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa.
After Season 6 concluded in August, the 32-year-old part ways with BMW i Andretti Motorsport to later join Mahindra Racing, replacing Belgian Jerome D’Ambrosio.
Sims described his first impressions working with his new team: “I’ve spent the last few months embedding myself into Mahindra Racing, getting to know everyone and learning how everyone works, which has been great.
“We’ve done a lot of simulator testing, which has been extremely helpful, but it’s the track testing that we’ve done that has been invaluable and has gone well.”
The team´s challenger, M7 Electro, features a new package, which includes Mahindra’s first powertrain developed in partnership with ZF Friedrichshafen AG.
Sim further explained: “It’s difficult to draw performance comparisons, but what I have got a feeling of is the system and software, which is crucial, and ZF have done a good job on the hardware side with the powertrain.
“Until we get to Valencia testing and the races, we won’t know where we are competitive-wise, but the initial feelings seem good, and we are working flat out to continue to fine-tune and optimize our package.
“I am so looking forward to seeing what it’s like to drive in the races and getting our teeth into the season.”
Pre-season testing gets underway later this week at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.
Team Principal Dilbagh Gill commented: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Mahindra Racing. We are heading into the championship’s (and the team’s!) seventh year in Formula E and the first year ever as a World Championship series.
“Formula E has gone from strength to strength over this time and we are extremely proud to have been part of that journey from the very beginning.
“The team has been working incredibly hard to develop the M7Electro challenger and with a strong driver pairing of Alexander Sims and Alex Lynn, I am confident that we will be back to securing podiums this season.”
ALEXANDER LYNN JOURNEY IN FORMULA E
The 27-year-old begun his journey in Formula E as a reserve driver for DS Virgin Racing making his first appearance on the series grid in the 2016-2017 season finale at the double-header in New York E-Prix, standing for Jose Maria Lopez.
The Briton launched a full-time seat with the team ahead of 2017/2018, but his multi-year deal came to an end after their first full season.
Afterward, Lynn replaced Nelson Piquet Jr. with Panasonic Jaguar Racing for the remaining seven rounds of the championship´s fifth season.
Season 6 welcomed Lynn back to the series grid with Mahindra, helping the squad to finish in ninth position in the teams’ championship, scoring 16 points with just six races.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will celebrate its first campaign as an FIA World Championship, electrifying the city streets of Santiago (Chile) with a double-header event set to take place at Parque O’Higgins on 16 and 17 January 2021.
The event will be held behind closed doors for health and safety purposes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Images courtesy of Mahindra Racing