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Jaguar’s Plan to Test Lynn Denied

Jaguar’s plans to test Alex Lynn on Sunday have been thwarted…

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing was set to run Alex Lynn at the in-season test in Mexico City on Sunday but had to drop the plan on Wednesday.

Former Virgin Racing driver Lynn was in line to test at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez along with regular drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Mitch Evans.

However, Lynn was unable to get adequate clearance to drive due to a clashing event with his FIA World Endurance Championship team Aston Martin Racing in the UK on Monday.

“The intention was to have Alex here this weekend and we were keen for him to try a Gen 2 car,” Jaguar team principal James Barclay told e-racing365.

“Although we haven’t locked anything down yet, we are talking to him about working for us on a sim point of view.”

Jaguar first tested Lynn at Donington Park in September 2016 as it geared up for its debut Formula E campaign.

On that occasion Lynn joined Adam Carroll, Mitch Evans and Harry Tincknell in the evaluation test for Jaguar’s first race drivers.

Lynn made his Formula E debut at the 2017 New York City E-Prix where he scored a sensational debut pole.

The 25 year-old London-based driver then competed a full season with Virgin in Season Four, finishing in the points on five occasions.

He was replaced at Virgin by Robin Frijns when the team, now Envision Virgin Racing, secured a deal to use Audi customer powertrains this season.

Jaguar is looking to bolster its driver squad as it has Ho-Pin Tung as a designated reserve and test driver at the moment.

“We believe [Lynn] can have a really good role with us supporting the team on simulation as he is a driver experienced in the championship and also one who is clearly very fast,” said Barclay.

“Unfortunately he had a pre-existing commitment so it couldn’t happen.”

E-racing365 understands that Lynn and Panasonic Jaguar Racing are likely to continue discussions about a potential role in the team after the Mexico City E-Prix.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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