Alex Lynn laments his misfortune on his GP2 debut after he went from a race win contender to ending the weekend pointless in Bahrain.

The DAMS driver qualified at the front of the second row in his maiden GP2 race and was immediately up to second after ART Grand Prix's Nobuharu Matsushita bogged down off the line. A safety car period on lap four enabled the Williams Formula 1 development driver to use his mandatory pit stop and switch from the soft to medium tyres, coming out in the 12th when the race resumed.

However, luck wasn't on Lynn's side as Alexander Rossi pitted at the same time and was able to jump ahead of the British driver. As the pair battled for position when the race went green, Lynn slid into the back of Rossi, damaging his front wing and causing his tyres to degrade terribly for the remainder of the race. As a result, the 2014 GP3 champion limped to the chequered flag in 19th.

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Lynn says he was incredibly optimistic after grabbing P3 in qualifying and once he came in to switch to the harder compound tyres he had the race victory in his sights.

"As I came into the pits I was pretty happy," Lynn said. "At that point I thought, 'Bloody hell, I'm going to win on my debut.' But what happened after that shows how many elements there are in GP2 racing.

"The DAMS guys gave me the third quickest pit stop of the race, but unbelievably Alexander Rossi was 1.5 seconds quicker than everybody with the fastest pit stop in GP2 history. You know when you look back at all the elements that affected something? Well, that pit stop by Rossi was the key to everything transpiring against us."

Lynn's weekend hardly improved in the GP2 sprint race. After starting from P19 the British driver had too much to do and while scrapping in the midfield he was handed a five-second time penalty for speeding under yellow flags, pushing him back to 15th position in the final classification. The punishment ended his miserable weekend as he walked away for Sakhir circuit pointless.

"Who would have thought that me, [Pierre] Gasly, [Raffaele] Marciello and [Arthur] Pic would all end the first weekend without a point?" Lynn added. "It shows how complex GP2 is. It was nice to out-qualify a quick team-mate like Pierre and be leading him in the races, but it's a bit of a shame it had to end like that.

"Even so, I've got quite a few positives to take away and I'm sure we'll bounce back in round two at Barcelona."