Lynn: Win put my name in F1 hat


Alex Lynn believes his first feature race win in GP2 could not have come at a better time as F1 teams begin to look at drivers for next year.

Although Lynn already has one sprint victory to his tally, having won in Spain, it wasn't until Hungary that he claimed his first feature race win, beating DAMS team-mate Pierre Gasly.

It was a great achievement for the 21-year-old Brit, who hopes it puts him firmly in the sights of the F1 teams as they begin to decide their 2016 driver line-ups.

"Short term the win is obviously a great way to go in to the summer break," he told Press Association Sport.

"We delivered the promise I think we have been intending to show for quite some time. That is a big coup going into the break and hopefully it will be a good springboard going into the rest of the season.

"Long-term it was a big statement from me in my first year in GP2 to get my first feature race win, it is not an easy thing to do and hopefully the powers that be will see that.

"It has been well-documented what is potentially going on with the driver market so at the end of the day I have put my name in the hat with that win in Hungary, it was good timing for that kind of thing.

"The driver market seems to open up in the summer break so I think it will definitely put me in the frame. It was perfect timing really."

And although the Williams test driver is already being billed as a future F1 star by team boss Claire Williams, he says he's not getting carried away as it is only a good job out on track that will essentially secure his future.

"It is obviously a great honour hearing someone like Claire say nice things about me," he said.

"It is important to keep my feet on the ground and keep delivering – at the end of the day that is the only thing that is going to get me into a Formula One car."