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Alexander George Lynn (born 17 September 1993) is a British racing driver. He is currently competing full-time in the 2018-19 Formula E season driving for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, and will drive for Aston Martin Racing in the upcoming 2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship. He finished sixth in the 2015 and 2016 GP2 Series, and won the 2017 12 Hours of Sebring.

Alex Lynn
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Born (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 26)
Goodmayes, Greater London, England
WEC career
Debut season2016
Current teamAston Martin Racing
Car number97
Former teamsManor Motorsport, G-Drive Racing
Starts17
Wins2
Poles4
Fastest laps2
Best finish8th in 2018-19
Previous series
2015
2014
2012-13
2012
2011
2011, 13
201011
200910
GP2 Series
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

BiographyEdit

Lynn lives in Great Dunmow, Essex and is a former pupil of Saint Nicholas School, Old Harlow, Essex.

KartingEdit

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 RenaultEdit

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 SeriesEdit

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 ThreeEdit

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 SeriesEdit

Lynn competed in 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 teammate, 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, leading from start to finish. 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 SeriesEdit

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 remained with DAMS for the 2016 season, scoring two victories in the sprint races at Barcelona and Hockenheim. He will leave the series after this season.

Formula OneEdit

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.[15]

 
Lynn racing in the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone.

Formula EEdit

In August 2016, Lynn was confirmed as one of four drivers partaking in Jaguar's pre-season test at Donington Park.[16] Lynn landed the role of reserve driver for DS Virgin Racing in January 2017, and made his racing debut in July at the New York ePrix, in place of José María López due to the latter's WEC commitments.[17][18] On 5 September 2017, it was confirmed that Lynn signed a multi-year deal to race full-time in Formula E for DS Virgin Racing starting in the 2017-18 Formula E season.[19] Despite good qualifying performances in three of the season's first four races, he lost grid position in all of the aforementioned events,[20] but still managed three successive points-scoring finishes.[21]

Following his departure from Virgin, it was announced on 28 March 2019 that Lynn would replace Nelson Piquet, Jr. at Jaguar from the seventh round of the 2018-19 season onwards.[22]

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

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 Motorsport 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 Championship Fortec Motorsports 28 1 2 5 9 253 4th
FIA Formula 3 European 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 FIA Formula 3 European 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
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 15 3 4 3 9 803 2nd
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 3 4 110 6th
Formula One Williams Martini Racing Development driver
2016 GP2 Series DAMS 22 3 0 0 5 124 6th
Formula One Williams Martini Racing Development driver
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Manor 3 0 1 2 0 4.5 30th
2016-17 Formula E DS Virgin Racing 2 0 1 0 0 3 23rd
2017 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 G-Drive Racing 5 1 3 0 1 54 15th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 1 0 0 N/A DNF
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Wayne Taylor Racing 1 1 0 0 1 35 29th
2017–18 Formula E DS Virgin Racing 12 0 0 0 0 17 16th
2018 24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 13th
2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Racing 8 1 0 0 1 66 8th
Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing 7 0 0 0 0 10 18th
2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup R-Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 20 10th*
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 12th
2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Racing 1 0 0 0 1 15 3rd*

† As Lynn was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship resultsEdit

(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 resultsEdit

(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 CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

18
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

20
SIL
FEA

2
SIL
SPR

6
HOC
FEA

2
HOC
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

4
SPA
FEA

8
SPA
SPR

1
MNZ
FEA

6
MNZ
SPR

2
SOC
FEA

7
SOC
SPR

5
YMC
FEA

5
YMC
SPR

2
1st 207

Complete GP2 Series resultsEdit

(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
CAT
FEA

5
CAT
SPR

1
MON
FEA

13
MON
SPR

11
RBR
FEA

3
RBR
SPR

20
SIL
FEA

5
SIL
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

9
SPA
FEA

11
SPA
SPR

8
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

10
SOC
FEA

Ret
SOC
SPR

10
BHR
FEA

8
BHR
SPR

3
YMC
FEA

8
YMC
SPR

C
6th 110
2016 DAMS CAT
FEA

6
CAT
SPR

1
MON
FEA

4
MON
SPR

5
BAK
FEA

Ret
BAK
SPR

9
RBR
FEA

11
RBR
SPR

3
SIL
FEA

16
SIL
SPR

14
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

7
HOC
SPR

1
SPA
FEA

3
SPA
SPR

10
MNZ
FEA

12
MNZ
SPR

5
SEP
FEA

4
SEP
SPR

12
YMC
FEA

8
YMC
SPR

1
6th 124

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2016 Manor LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA LMS NÜR MEX COA FUJ
11
SHA
9
BHR
10
30th 4.5
2017 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
5
SPA
1
LMS
Ret
NÜR MEX
4
COA
8
FUJ SHA BHR 15th 54
2018–19 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage AMR Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8 SPA
6
LMS
13
SIL
4
FUJ
9
SHA
4
SEB
8
SPA
1
LMS
14
8th 66
2019–20 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage AMR Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8 SIL
3
FUJ
SHA
BHR
SÃO
SEB
SPA
LMS
3rd* 15*

* Season still in progress.

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2017 Wayne Taylor Racing P Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 6.2 L V8 DAY SEB
1
LBH COA DET WGL MOS ELK LGA PET 29th 35

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2017   G-Drive Racing   Roman Rusinov
  Pierre Thiriet
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 20 DNF DNF
2018   Aston Martin Racing   Jonathan Adam
  Maxime Martin
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE
Pro
327 37th 13th
2019   Aston Martin Racing   Jonathan Adam
  Maxime Martin
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE
Pro
325 44th 12th

Complete Formula E resultsEdit

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Points
2016–17 DS Virgin Racing Spark-Virgin DSV-02 HKG MRK BUE MEX MCO PAR BER BER NYC
Ret
NYC
Ret
MTL MTL 23rd 3
2017–18 DS Virgin Racing Spark-Virgin DSV-03 HKG
8
HKG
9
MRK
9
SCL
Ret
MEX
10
PDE
6
RME
Ret
PAR
14
BER
16
ZUR
16
NYC
Ret
NYC
14
16th 17
2018–19 Panasonic Jaguar Racing Spark-Jaguar I-Type 3 ADR MRK SCL MEX HKG SYX RME
12
PAR
Ret
MCO
8
BER
Ret
BRN
7
NYC
Ret
NYC
16
18th 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BIOGRAPHY". alexlynnracing.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Brands Hatch Indy" (PDF). British Formula Renault Championship. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Champion Lynn and Rowland share the spoils at Silverstone". British Formula Renault Championship. 16 October 2011. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Résultats Silverstone 2011 – Race 2". Renault Sport. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "2011 Toyota Racing Series Teretonga Race 3" (PDF). Toyota Racing Series. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Toyota Racing New Zealand" (PDF). toyotaracing.co.nz. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  7. ^ Weeks, James (20 October 2011). "Lynn sticks with Fortec for British F3 graduation". motorstv.com. Motors TV. Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  8. ^ 2012 Macau Grand Prix Formula Three
  9. ^ "Prema Announces Alex Lynn For The 2013 Season". premapowerteam.com. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ 2013 Macau Grand Prix Formula Three
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Macau Grand Prix
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Beer, Matt. "GP3 champion Alex Lynn joins Williams F1 team as development driver". Autosport.com. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  16. ^ Mitchell, Scott (19 August 2016). "Jaguar Formula E team to evaluate four drivers in Donington test". Autosport. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Alex Lynn lands DS Virgin Formula E role". Autosport. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Alex Lynn gets DS Virgin call-up for New York". 28 June 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Alex Lynn steps up to full-time Formula E race seat with DS Virgin Racing". DS Virgin Racing. 5 September 2017. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Britain's Alex Lynn determined to kick-on in Formula E championship despite recent technical problems". The Independent. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  21. ^ Larkham, Lewis (28 February 2018). "Lynn planning bold Formula E strategy in Mexico". Crash.net. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  22. ^ Smith, Sam (28 March 2019). "Jaguar, Piquet Part Ways; Lynn Set to Replace". e-racing365. Retrieved 28 March 2019.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Blomqvist
Formula Renault UK
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
None
(Series ended)
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