Williams has announced GP3 champion Alex Lynn as its development driver for 2015.
Lynn, who won last year’s GP3 series with a record points haul, will fill a development role for Williams and will drive the team’s 2015 car during May’s post-Spanish Grand Prix test.
The 21-year-old will dovetail his Williams commitments with a GP2 campaign driving for champions DAMS, and hopes he can emulate Valtteri Bottas, who used his development role to secure a full-time drive with the team.
“I am extremely excited to be joining Williams, a team with such incredible history and amazing potential,” Lynn said. “Over the past year the team has made huge strides forward and it’s clear to see their determination to fight for more success in the future.
“I hope that with a strong year in GP2, while also helping to develop the F1 car throughout this season, I can follow in the footsteps of Valtteri Bottas who joined the Williams team in exactly the same Development Driver role.
“Through hard work and determination, he has gone from winning the GP3 title to earning his place as a Williams F1 race driver.
“Working with people like Sir Frank Williams and Pat Symonds is 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.
“Everyone has been incredibly welcoming from the outset, we have hit the ground running and I am very excited about the challenges this role offers – particularly my on track activities driving the FW37 in a few months time.”
Williams team principal Claire Williams added: “As a British team we are always on the lookout for emerging home-grown talent and Alex has caught our eye with his impressive performances in GP3.
“He has been chosen on merit and we are confident that alongside Felipe, Valtteri and Susie, Alex will help play an important role in making sure that the FW37 shows continuous improvement over the course of the 2015 season.”
Lynn made his Formula 1 debut with Lotus at last year’s post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test.
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