Newly crowned GP3 Series champion Alex Lynn is to make his Formula One debut tomorrow (Wednesday 26 November) when he takes the wheel of the current Lotus F1 Team E22 Formula One car.
The 21-year-old Englishman will drive the car on the final day of the last test of this season at Abu Dhabi, the track where he clinched the 2014 GP3 Series title last Friday.
Alex is part of the Red Bull Junior Team, but with all the drives in Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso taken during the two-day official test, he will instead drive for the British-based Lotus F1 Team.
The objective of the test for Alex is to gain experience of Formula One machinery, which he has never driven before. As a result, it’s a brilliant chance for the new GP3 champion to increase his knowledge of motorsport’s top level, having led the GP3 Series from the beginning all the way to the end of the season.
“I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a Formula One car: it’s obviously what I’ve been working towards throughout my career to date,” said Alex. “I’m very grateful for the chance to drive the car. It just goes to show that winning the GP3 Series opens a few doors!”
The agreement for Alex to drive during the test was only finalised recently, as a result of which he has had little time to prepare so there are no firm objectives. His main aim is simply to complete as many laps as possible in the time available, getting to grips with the feel of a contemporary Formula One car.
“I’m really excited by this opportunity but of course I’m very realistic about it too,” said Alex. “I’m just going to go out there and do my best. Hopefully I’ll be able to increase my experience and pass on some useful feedback to the engineers. I don’t think there are any particular expectations from anybody: I just want to do a solid job and learn as much as I can about Formula One.”
The Lotus F1 Team E22, powered by the latest-generation Renault Sport F1 Energy Power Unit, has been driven by Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado this year, with a best result of eighth in Spain and Monaco.