Alex Lynn is a British racing driver for the French DAMS team in the GP2 Series – the recognised stepping-stone to Formula One. He is also a development driver for the renowned Williams Martini Racing F1 team. Alex was born on September 17, 1993 in Essex. His favourite track is Silverstone, and his motorsport hero is Michael Schumacher, “for his single-minded determination to be the best”. When he’s not racing his GP2 car, Alex would love to be driving a lime green Lamborghini Miura SV, preferably with some dance music on the stereo, or perhaps listening to some football commentary on his favourite team, Arsenal.
Alex will once again drive for the respected French DAMS squad in 2016 during his second season of GP2. The GP2 Series is held over 11 rounds between May and November on the same weekends as Formula One grands prix – meaning Alex has the perfect chance to further impress F1's team bosses. And he already has, given that he will continue to combine his racing duties with that of development driver for the renowned Williams Martini Racing team.
In 2015 Alex had a promising rookie season in GP2, finishing in sixth place overall and scoring two race victories. He also tested for Williams at Barcelona, giving valuable experience and feedback in a season that delivered third place for the team in the constructors’ battle. This year Alex is concentrating on GP2, looking to build on his experience and compete for the title.
2014 was a career-defining 12 months for Alex, who won the GP3 Series title in his maiden season with the British Carlin team. In 2013 he enjoyed a stellar season in the FIA F3 European Championship, driving for Prema Powerteam. He finished third in the series as the highest placed rookie, before going on to win the Macau F3 Grand Prix – the most important race on the junior calendar.
It wasn’t his first visit to Macau – Alex secured pole there in 2012 following a successful season in British F3 with the Fortec team. Alex also dominated the 2011 Formula Renault Championship, with a record 12 wins from 20 race starts.
In 2011 he was named McLaren Autosport British Club Driver of the Year and became a member of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy in 2012.
Alex is currently a 'BRDC Superstar' and member of MSA Team UK. In s a short space of time, he has come a long way.
Born: 17th September 1993
Job description: Racing Driver
2016: GP2 Series with DAMS, F1 Development Driver with Williams Martini Racing
2015: GP2 Series with DAMS finishing in sixth place, F1 Development Driver with Williams Martini Racing
2014: GP3 Series with Carlin Motorsport, champion
2013: European F3 Championship with Prema Powerteam, 3rd overall; Macau Grand Prix, winner; Masters of Formula 3, 2nd overall
2012: British Formula 3 Championship; Macau Grand Prix, 3rd overall
2011: British Formula Renault Championship, champion
2010: British Formula Renault; Winter Series Championship, champion
Alex began his single-seater career in Formula Renault UK, dominating the 2011 championship with a record 12 wins from 20 race starts. He was subsequently named British Club Driver of the Year at the 2011 Autosport Awards.
Alex moved up to British F3 the following year and finished fourth before progressing to the prestigious FIA European F3 Championship in 2013 where he claimed third in the standings as the highest placed rookie. Alex ended the season with a dominant victory in the coveted Macau F3 Grand Prix.
In 2014, Alex wrapped up the GP3 title with a record points margin, also becoming the first Englishman to claim this title.
As well as his Development Driver duties for Williams Martini Racing in 2016, Alex will once again be competing in GP2 for the championship-winning DAMS racing team.
“My ideal situation in 10 years time would be to have been World Champion a couple of times and to be living the dream somewhere.”Alex Lynn
▪ GP2 Series I'm really looking forward to competing in the GP2 Series again. Last year was a challenging season, as there was lots of tough competition and I'm expecting 2016 to be no different, but I'm confident we can fight for the title.
▪ DAMS I had a great year with DAMS and I'm looking forward to working with them again this year. They demand a lot from their drivers but I enjoy that, they are pushing me hard. It's a multiple championship-winning team and with that comes a lot of pressure, but I'm looking forward to the challenge. It's nice to work with a slightly different culture too – I like the way that the French look at things, it can be a bit more black and white.
▪ His rivals I think there are genuinely about five or six drivers who could be fighting for the GP2 title this year. These guys are all going to be extremely difficult to beat but I'm looking forward to it. I'm with a great team this year that knows how to win championships and I genuinely believe that I can be a real contender to win.
▪ Williams Martini Racing I’m really enjoying being part of Williams Martini Racing. It’s an amazing team with a fantastic history and, although it sounds very clichéd, it really is like being part of a big family.
▪ Essex Although I've moved to Oxford, Essex will always be home for me and I love going back to see friends and family.
▪ Top holiday destination Definitely skiing. I love skiing. I tend to get bored on holidays if I’m sitting on a beach for too long. If I go skiing then it’s an activity as well and it’s good from a fitness point of view. I don’t like to be sitting around.
▪ The person who’s influenced him the most I’d say my dad is my biggest influence. He’s somebody I look up to the most. He’s been a role model for me. When I was growing up I was very influenced by Michael Schumacher who was my sporting hero.
▪ What three things do you never leave home without? My iPhone, my wallet and I never leave home with any cash on me, which is always a problem.
▪ Favourite racing memory Winning the Macau Grand Prix – it’s the race that really set me on the career path I’m on now.
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