DS Virgin will run an all-British line up for the fourth season of Formula E after confirming Alex Lynn will join Sam Bird in the race winning team.
Lynn, who deputized for the man he replaced at New York in July, Jose-Maria Lopez, gets a full season after joining the team as official reserve driver at the start of 2017.
The 23 year-old took a sensational pole on his debut although he suffered two retirements in the races themselves.
“I am over the moon at being promoted to a full-time drive with the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team,” said Lynn.
“Having worked very closely with them since January this year, it has been a genuine pleasure to learn from such a fantastic group of high quality engineers and to integrate myself into their set-up.
“Indeed, I have been made to feel very welcome throughout their organization and I would specifically like to thank Alex Tai for not only giving me the chance to make my series debut in New York, but for subsequently promoting me to this full-time race seat.”
For Lynn it is a an opportune chance to showcase his talents which have most recently been seen in endurance racing where he was part of the Wayne Taylor Racing squad which won the Twelve Hours of Sebring in March.
He also won a round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa in May with the G-Drive Racing LMP2 team.
Meanwhile, Bird, who has contested every one of the team’s 33 race starts, will continue his long-standing association with DS Virgin, which has seen him secure five wins and nine podiums to make him the third all-time Formula E points scorer.
Team Principal Alex Tai commented: “I’m delighted to announce our driver line-up for season four. Alex has always impressed me and has a proven track record in international motorsport so I know he will perform out of the blocks as we’ve already seen.
“It’s also important for us at DS Virgin Racing to be nurturing young drivers like Alex and the next generation of Formula E racers.
“Together with Sam, who has consistently proven himself to be one of the most talented drivers on the grid, and the pace of our car, I believe we have a very competitive package that can fight at the top.
Disappointed Lopez Could Find Berth at Techeetah
Lynn replaces Argentinian Jose Maria Lopez who made his Formula E debut with the team last season.
Lopez, who is understood to have left the team on less-than-cordial terms, could find a berth at Techeetah. The Chinese-owned team have a place to fill alongside Jean-Eric Vergne and will switch to a DS powertrain in season five when they are expected to be the de facto DS factory squad.
Despite Lopez’s disappointment and apparent rancor at losing his seat, DS Virgin Racing Team Principal, Ale Tai said: “I would also like to personally thank Jose for his contribution to the team last season and we wish him well for the future.”