Regardless of whether he gets to fulfil his F1 dream, Alex Lynn is all too well aware that he needs to deliver in 2016.
Not that the Briton had a bad 2015, graduating at GP3 Series champion and winning races in GP2 as well as signing on as a Williams F1 reserve, but he is conscious that it doesn't take long for the door to the top flight to open to someone else while maybe slamming shut on his own hopes.
“I have had really positive feedback and built up positive relationships with key members of the team,” Essex native Lynn told the local Daily Gazette
newspaper, “I think I contributed a fair amount to the team's success last year and I'd love the opportunity to continue that."
With few openings in F1 for 2016 – at present only the restructuring Manor team has yet to complete its line-up - Lynn will make a second assault on the GP2 title, but insists that he needs to make the season count after what he still regards as a frustrating debut campaign in the feeder series.
“I believe it is the key year for me,” the 22-year old claimed, “No matter what motorsport arena I'm in, whether it's F1 or anything, next year will be the one to put myself in the shop window to prove that I'm able to deliver. Every year is the big one, but that really is the case for me this year – it is the big one.”
Still hoping to convert his back-up role into a full-time F1 ride, at Williams or elsewhere, in 2017 – and notably with the former's veteran Felipe Massa nearing the end of his career – Lynn is hoping to build on his first brush with GP2 as he enjoys continuity this season.
“I'm focused on GP2 to put myself in the shop window and I'll see what things open up for me - there's pressure with that, but I like it to be honest as it makes me feel quite confident,” he acknowledged, “I'm back with [DAMS] for a second year and that is a big confidence boost.
“Staying with DAMS will be a big thing for me as we can continue the relationship and I really think that's worth a lot of lap time, so it's a real positive for me. The experience of having had a year in the team gives me a lot of confidence and that is what we will try to build on. Experience is huge in GP2 and it really is true that no matter how fast you are, you have to have everything under control to be able to win races.
“You take energy from other people and a winning mentality is something that [DAMS] have got. I think we feed off each other [and], if we focus on the process, then I firmly believe that we'll be hard to beat.”
Lynn will lead DAMS into 2016 as he is partnered by sometime GP2 runner Nicolas Latifi, who transfers over from FR3.5.