Brit set to be part of Re­nault e.dams squad in the fu­ture

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Scott Mitchell

Wil­liams F1 de­vel­op­ment driver Alex Lynn is be­ing lined up for a Re­nault e.dams For­mula E role.

The Bri­tish driver has had a dif­fi­cult GP2 cam­paign in which he has won twice but lies ninth in the points with one round re­main­ing.

With Wil­liams lin­ing up Euro­pean For­mula 3 cham­pion Lance Stroll to re­place Fe­lipe Massa and Valt­teri Bot­tas set to stay on, Lynn – who has ruled out a third sea­son in GP2 – is ex­plor­ing al­ter­na­tives to F1.

He drives for Jean-paul Driot’s DAMS team in GP2 and the French­man, who is the Re­nault e.dams se­nior team man­ager, said: “I have been dis­cussing [op­tions] with him. We’re wait­ing to know his pro­gramme for 2017.”

Asked if Lynn’s role would com­prise test and de­vel­op­ment du­ties for the team, Driot replied: “To start with.”

Re­nault’s cur­rent FE line-up com­prises de­fend­ing cham­pion Se­bastien Buemi, who won the 2016/17 sea­son’s Hong Kong opener, and Ni­co­las Prost, the son of e.dams co-founder Alain.

Lynn would be in con­tention to join the line-up as early as this sea­son if Buemi misses the New York dou­ble-header that cur­rently clashes with the Nur­bur­gring WEC round.

But Driot said he was not mak­ing con­tin­gency plans for that event be­cause he ex­pected a so­lu­tion to be found.

Lynn tested for the Jaguar team in the pre-sea­son run­ning and, de­spite miss­ing out on a drive to Mitch Evans, said FE was still on his radar.

A full World En­durance Cham­pi­onship cam­paign next year is also a tar­get for the 23-year-old, whose man­age­ment team in­cludes ex-toy­ota ace Alexan­der Wurz.

Lynn will com­plete the cur­rent WEC sea­son as part of Manor’s LMP2 driver line-up, hav­ing made his de­but in Ja­pan two weeks ago along­side Tor Graves and Shinji Nakano in the se­cond Manor ORECA.

The trio fin­ished 33 laps down after a starter mo­tor prob­lem, but Lynn set the fastest LMP2 race lap. He will re­place Roberto Merhi as team-mate to Matt Rao and Richard Bradley in the lead Manor for the Shang­hai and Bahrain rounds.

Buemi and Prost are cur­rent Re­nault For­mula E rac­ers Lynn: Ninth in GP2

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