DRIVER BLOG: ALEX LYNN
DS Virgin Racing’s new signing explains why he thinks Formula E is now second only to Formula 1 in terms of drivers aspiring to get there…
It’s hard to find words to tell you how excited I am to be announced as a full-season driver with DS Virgin Racing in the FIA Formula E Championship.
The electric single-seater series has taken motorsport by storm in its first three seasons, and I’d say that it’s probably now second only to Formula 1 in terms of people aspiring to get there.
“…it’s probably now second only to Formula 1 in terms of people aspiring to get there…”
I’ve been involved in some way in Formula E over the past 12 months now. It’s a series I decided a while ago I wanted to make a beeline for, and to get myself into a full-time role was definitely my goal. I’m really excited that I’ve managed to get that opportunity.
I have initially operated as DS Virgin Racing’s reserve driver during the 2016-17 season. My role has included simulator work, on track testing plus the shakedown in Mexico City before I made my full race debut in New York in July where I managed to secure pole position.
Joining a race-winning team makes this opportunity in Formula E even better. It’s now become one of the biggest championships in motor racing and I will be racing with one of the top teams which for me is a big honour and privilege. Indeed, it was a pleasure to serve my apprenticeship last season with the people at DS Virgin Racing, the quality and professionalism within the organisation is second to none – from Alex Tai at the top to Technical Director Chris Gorne in charge of the engineering team – they’re all very high-quality people.
It goes without saying how cool the Formula E calendar is. It starts in Hong Kong with a double-header on December 2/3 and I can’t wait to get to out there and fight for a great result. There’s also a new run of South American races in Brazil and Chile so it’s going to be amazing to discover those places which will both be new to me.
Here’s to a great season!