Williams Martini Racing has confirmed GP2 race winner Alex Lynn will remain with the team as test and development driver for the 2016 season.
The 2014 GP3 Series champion and former Red Bull junior joined Williams at the start of the 2015 season and was given the chance to drive the FW37 for the first at the Barcelona in-season test alongside his GP2 commitments.
Ending the GP2 season sixth overall with two wins to his name, Lynn – who will again race in GP2 with DAMS - has duly been retained by Williams for the 2016 season.
“I am really delighted to continue in my Development Driver role with the team this season and remain grateful for their on-going support. I relish the opportunity to build on the hard work I put in last year, to continue helping develop the Formula One car and gaining further knowledge of the inner workings of the Williams team from both a technical and human perspective.”
“With the team's blessing and support, my main focus this season will be to fight for the GP2 title. I am determined to prove myself worthy of graduating to become a fully-fledged Formula One race driver at some point in the not too distant future.”
Though there is no word on whether the deal will see Lynn drive in any FP1 sessions, the role that potentially represent a promotion following Susie Wolff's departure as official test driver.
“After a really encouraging first season with the team, we are pleased to be able to continue working with Alex in 2016,” said deputy team principal Claire Williams.
“Alex played an important role in helping develop the team's race cars in 2015, while at the same time demonstrating his talent with a strong debut season in GP2. We're looking forward to seeing him progress this year, both within the team and as he fights for the GP2 title.”