Williams Martini Racing has announced reigning GP3 Series champion Alex Lynn will join its team as a development driver for the 2015 season.

The Englishman, who dominated the feeder series last season with Carlin and will this year step up to the GP2 Series, will take on development duties of the team's new Mercedes-powered FW37 through simulation work and assisting race engineers with set-up.

Lynn will get his first run in the car during May's F1 test following the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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Having seemingly opted out of the Red Bull driver development scheme, Lynn is confident his collaboration with Williams will improve his chances of progressing to an F1 race seat.

"I am extremely excited to be joining Williams, a team with such incredible history and amazing potential," he said. "Over the past year the team has made huge strides forward and it's clear to see their determination to fight for more success in the future. I hope that with a strong year in GP2, while also helping to develop the F1 car throughout this season, I can follow in the footsteps of Valtteri Bottas who joined the Williams team in exactly the same Development Driver role.

"Through hard work and determination, he has gone from winning the GP3 title to earning his place as a Williams F1 race driver. Working with people like Sir Frank Williams and Pat Symonds is an incredible opportunity for me. There is so much experience here at Williams and I hope to be able to use the knowledge gained from these people to further develop my skills as a racing driver and respected member of this team.

"Everyone has been incredibly welcoming from the outset, we have hit the ground running and I am very excited about the challenges this role offers - particularly my on track activities driving the FW37 in a few months' time."

Indeed, Williams Martini Racing team principal Claire Williams says Lynn has been signed to 'immerse' him in the workings of an F1 team to better prepare him for a potential promotion.

"Williams has a strong track record in bringing young talent though the ranks and our Development Driver position is designed to fully immerse new recruits into the inner workings of a Formula One team. As a British team we are always on the lookout for emerging home-grown talent and Alex has caught our eye with his impressive performances in GP3.

"He has been chosen on merit and we are confident that alongside Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas and Susie Wolff, Alex will help play an important role in making sure that the FW37 shows continuous improvement over the course of the 2015 season."

Lynn will dovetail his Williams commitments with competing in the GP2 Series with DAMS.

Susie Wolff will be Williams F1's test driver for the 2015 season, though Lynn would be in line for a reserve role since he has accumulated the superlicence points necessary to drive in F1.