GP3 champion Alex Lynn is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Williams F1 driver Valtteri Bottas by moving up to the top level of racing on the same path as the Finn.

The 21-year-old was recently announced as Williams' new development driver for 2015 and will work with the team to help develop the FW37 during the season.

Bottas was crowned GP3 champion in 2011 and was the Williams F1 test driver between 2010 and 2012, before his F1 debut with the team two seasons ago. Lynn feels he can copy what Bottas accomplished to achieve his dream of racing in F1.

"I have the genuine opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Valtteri, a former GP3 champion like me who joined Williams in exactly this role," Lynn said. "My aim is to work hard, be inspired by his lead, and emerge as the Formula One front-runner he has deservedly become."

The Essex-born driver said he is moving to Oxford to live closer to the Williams HQ in Grove so he can work with the team as much as possible.

"Working with people like Sir Frank Williams and Pat Symonds is also an incredible opportunity for me," he added. "There is so much experience here at Williams and I hope to be able to use the knowledge gained from these people to further develop my skills as a racing driver and respected member of this team."

Alongside his Williams commitments Lynn will make his debut in GP2, driving for multiple-championship winning team DAMS. The young Brit sees it only as a positive as he looks to gain vital racing experience.

"These are two complementary roles, particularly since GP2 races on the same weekends and circuits as Formula 1," he explained. "I will also sit in on some F1 debriefs during race weekends which will benefit not only my GP2 race preparation but also my long-term understanding of the Williams team and car."

Lynn will also get the opportunity to test the Williams F1 car on the track in Barcelona after the Spanish Grand Prix in May. If the British driver achieves his dream of racing in Formula 1 and emulates Bottas, he believes he will be competing for one of the best teams on the grid.

"It's quite literally the culmination of a dream for me. Ever since I started my career, the goal has been to reach Formula One, and this is what has motivated me in everything I have achieved so far.

"To finally get here with a British team like Williams, which has an unsurpassed history and heritage in Formula One, thanks to so many supremely talented people, feels incredibly special."



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