14 August 2015
Alex Lynn: Hungary win is really big for me
With a breakout feature race win under his belt, Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn sets his sight on finishing runner-up in his maiden GP2 season.
Rookie Alex Lynn says he is setting his sights on securing the runners-up spot in the 2015 GP2 Series standings in the wake of his first pole position and feature race win in Hungary.
The Englishman, who stepped up to the F1 feeder series with defending champions DAMS after clinching the GP3 Series title in 2014, has proven a standout in his maiden year, scoring a sprint race win in Spain, before winning the feature race from pole position in Hungary.
Indeed, Lynn identifies his feature race win in Hungary as a breakout performance for him in what is proving to be an ultra-competitive class this season.
“It feels like a ticked box,” he told Crash.net. “My first pole position and first feature race win in Hungary, for me that was really big. Pit-stops is an element that is new to me this year, so I am proud of that, then winning the sprint race in only my second race weekend from fourth, that is why it feels so great. I sit here and I want to do it again and again and again.
“There are so many factors you are trying to control, sometimes it doesn't matter how fast you are if you don't get all of those factors in control, you will never be on pole position and win the race. As a rookie, that was a big turning point for me to put it all together and say I can do that.”
With five rounds and ten races of the season remaining, Lynn currently sits fifth in the overall standings behind champion-elect Stoffel Vandoorne – who is 85 points clear of the opposition -, as well experienced drivers Rio Haryanto and Alexander Rossi, and fellow rookie Sergey Sirotkin.
Just 24 points behind second position, the Williams F1 development driver now has his sights set firmly on scoring more wins and sealing the runners-up spot, a feat achieved by Vandoorne in his first season last year.
“I realistically, genuinely, wanted to win the championship [at the start of the season], he continued. “Stoffel has done an amazing job and it doesn't look like anyone is going to catch him.
“Second is still massively up for grabs, so if I can have a great end to the season, I think that is more than in reach. If I look back at my first year of GP2 in second place with a few wins and pole positions, then I would be extremely proud of that.”
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