Panasonic Jaguar Racing has confirmed that Alex Lynn will take up a test and reserve driver role, but the Brit is understood to have the freedom to pursue other ABB FIA Formula E Championship race drives.
Lynn completed seven races for the team during last season’s campaign after replacing Nelson Piquet Jr. from Rome onwards.
He scored points in three races, achieved multiple Super Pole appearances and was in line for at least a likely runner-up position in the first New York City E-Prix before suffering a technical problem that led to retirement.
Despite initially being the favorite to partner Mitch Evans at the team for the present season, James Calado was instead chosen for the seat.
E-racing365 understands that Lynn will be testing for Jaguar on a regular basis as part of his role which also ensures he remains an active and available driver with relevant Gen 2 experience.
Additionally, it is believed that Lynn’s new agreement with Jaguar will see him retain independence in the event of a driver at a rival team becoming available mid-season or for the 2020-21 season.
Speaking to e-racing365 regarding his new deal, Lynn said that he was “determined to get back into a race seat as soon as possible.”
“Racing is my main objective and this is something that Panasonic Jaguar Racing fully appreciates and understands,” he said.
“Whilst I really hope to make my return with Jaguar in the future, they have kindly helped ensure that my contract allows me to accept a race seat with another Formula E team if they can’t offer me something.
“Importantly, this includes me being able to accept a drive during this current season and also 2020-21.”
Panasonic Jaguar Racing is currently in the middle of its 2020-21 powertrain design and build phase.
Lynn is expected to be a central part of its test and development program which is likely to begin in the spring with the Gen 2.5 upgrade kit.
“Mitch Evans and James Calado are an exciting combination and they will be strongly supported by Alex throughout the season,” commented Jaguar Racing director James Barclay.
“Alex is not only a very talented and accomplished driver, he also has valuable experience in Formula E and a great relationship with our team.
“That experience and relationship will be highly beneficial to our ongoing development. Winning races can only be achieved if you have a hard working, talented team around you.
“Bringing Alex back into the fold helps us achieve that.”
Sam Smith contributed to this report