6 May 2015
GP2 Circuit de Catalunya: Lynn puts F1 thoughts aside in quest for points
Alex Lynn may be due to run with the Williams F1 team next week, but insists that his mind is on other things as he prepares for round two of the 2015 GP2 Series in Barcelona.
Alex Lynn admits that he has had to forget about his forthcoming test with the Williams F1 team in order to focus on opening his GP2 Series account after a nightmare weekend in Bahrain.
The opening round of the feeder series started well for the Briton as he qualified third fastest, but faded thereafter as contact with Alexander Rossi in race broke his front wing, contributing to excessive rear tyre wear and sending the DAMS driver plummeting down the order. That result had the knock-on effect of forcing Lynn to start race two from the rear of the grid and he only progressed as far as P15 by the chequered flag, leaving him without a point for his efforts.
“The results in Bahrain were obviously very disappointing and nowhere near what I expected, especially as I was looking really good for a win on my GP2 debut in the early stages of the race,” Lynn reflected, “You might say that, apart from Stoffel Vandoorne, pretty much all the other guys who were expected to be a major threat for the title also had a nightmare weekend, but I look on it as a shame, because it would have been a great opportunity to grab a march on the opposition, as we were in a good position to score a lot of points.
“But we've learned a hell of a lot and, with that, we have to concentrate on putting a good weekend together. With the DAMS team, I've done a lot of analysis and there are a lot of positives. The biggest is that there was a lot of pace, and that gives us great encouragement going into Barcelona.”
Lynn is taking greater encouragement still from the fact that this weekend sees GP2 heading for a venue that has already provided him with success on the F1 support programme.
“I've been down to the DAMS base in France to make sure we're top-notch for this weekend, and I'm really looking forward to it,” he continued, “It's the Spanish Grand Prix, exactly the same event where I got my first win – and a flying start in the championship - on my GP3 debut last year.
“I really like the track. It's got a very nice flow and it's very technical as well. I've always gone quite well there, whether it's in testing or racing. So I'm really looking forward to kick-starting my season in style. DAMS are pretty good there too - in the past two seasons, they've locked out the front row, so they're confident they've got a good package. I think I'm driving well, so I've just got to put it all together.
“The biggest problem in Bahrain was tyre wear, which worsened to a massive extent on my car because of the damage I picked up on my front wing. Tyres are always an issue at Barcelona as well, but it'll be nowhere near on the scale we saw in Bahrain and, nine times out of ten, I'm always really good at looking after my tyres. I've just got to apply that knack I've got and avoid breaking my wing again…”
With his focus fully on getting back into the GP2 title fight, Lynn admits to having had to try and blank out the 'distraction' of an impending Williams F1 drive, which comes up after the Barcelona weekend.
“I've not only been to DAMS since Bahrain, as I've also been doing quite a lot of work at the Williams team, with a fair bit of time in the simulator in preparation for my test in the F1 car next Wednesday,” he revealed, “But that's totally out of my mind, to be honest. First of all, I need to do a good job in GP2 this weekend. Then, when that's over, I'll be really excited about driving one of the best cars in F1!”
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