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Lynn Offered Jaguar Reserve Role

Alex Lynn offered a role with Jaguar and could race for the British manufacturer in Sanya…

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Alex Lynn has been offered an official test and reserve role with Panasonic Jaguar Racing for the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.

Lynn, who completed the second half of last season’s campaign as Mitch Evans’ teammate, is understood to be currently evaluating the offer.

Jaguar must replace Lynn’s replacement James Calado for the Sanya E-Prix in March as he is contractually obliged to race for AF Corse in the clashing FIA World Endurance Championship round at Sebring.

Jaguar’s sporting director Gary Ekerold told e-racing365 at the team’s season launch earlier this month that Lynn had been offered the reserve role, but it is believed that a detailed proposal was only received by Lynn recently.

“He hasn’t declined it, but he hasn’t accepted it either yet, so we are waiting to see,” said Ekerold at the launch.

“He’s got his existing Aston Martin drive in WEC and he has to weigh up if he wants to [do this], he won’t have to sacrifice anything there to be our reserve driver.”

Lynn is known to have been valued highly by elements of the team after his races last season. He claimed two points-scoring positions and a third place grid position in the first of the New York City E-Prixs.

At that event Lynn was homing in on leader and eventual winner Sebastien Buemi when a powertrain issue forced him to retire from the race.

“Alex is absolutely part of the consideration group and he’s in the frame there [for the official test and reserve driver for the team],” Jaguar Racing director James Barclay told e-racing365 in Valencia last week.

“The key thing is obviously, at the moment, Alex has got other programs he’s looking at and deciding [on] from his point of view.

“So that’s part of what we need to know. If Alex has a committed program in WEC then obviously that would rule him out potentially of [Sanya].

“That’s part of the [decision] process we are going through. Alex is absolutely right at the top of our list, of course he would be.”

Lynn, who is currently scheduled to race at the clashing WEC Sebring event with Aston Martin Racing, declined comment to e-racing365 on the matter.

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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