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Barcelona In-Season Test: Lynn optimistic of chance after Verstappen, Vandoorne success

Alex Lynn says F1 teams are showing confidence in their younger drivers and is hopeful of a similar opportunity if he can deliver in GP2.
Alex Lynn says F1 teams are showing confidence in their younger drivers and is hopeful of a similar opportunity if he can deliver in GP2 this season.

The Williams development driver launched his GP2 campaign with a solid opener in Barcelona after winning the sprint race and also enjoyed a full test day with Williams in the first in-season F1 test on Tuesday.

The British driver has explained his role has been altered at Williams in order for him to concentrate on his GP2 title charge which he hopes to use as the stepping stone into Formula 1.

After seeing the likes of 2015 GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne and 18-year-old Max Verstappen win the Spanish Grand Prix, Lynn has renewed confidence if he can deliver in the junior series it can place him in prime position to emulate the pair.

“The junior categories are so difficult to achieve good results in,” Lynn said after testing for Williams. “If you win championships and show you have what it takes, as we have seem with Max and Stoffel, and the guys who are getting a chance these days, have all got junior pedigree that you would say deserve to race in F1 and sure enough they are doing a fantastic job.

“That comes as no surprise to me. I just hope i get the same chance and I'm sure I can do just the job as they can.

“I'm focused on my GP2 campaign. I have a lot less factory based stuff [with Williams]. A lot of my work last year was work experience type. This year it is all about winning races and doing the business on track.

“I have the opportunity to drive here, I feel more comfortable driving the F1 car and I think I've taken a step up in performance with that as well.”

Lynn has also hinted at a potential FP1 outing with Williams at some point this season and is also keen to get back in the FW38 for the second in-season test at his home event at Silverstone.



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