Macau Grand Prix winner Alex Lynn will race as a Red Bull Junior in the 2014 GP3 Series with Carlin. The 20-year-old Briton, who was third in this year’s Formula 3 European Championship, had been widely expected to remain in F3 for a second season with Prema Powerteam.
Lynn is managed by ex-Formula 1 driver and current Toyota sports car ace Alexander Wurz and Monaco-based businessman and ex-club racer Myles Mordaunt. He said that the surprise move strengthens his chances of getting to F1.
“Red Bull take away a lot of the uncertainty,” he said. “Now I know that if I perform well, and win, I will get the chance of F1. That’s all a driver can ask for. I just want the opportunity.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind experience since I won Macau. Getting the Red Bull opportunity is massive and I think the Macau win helped in that. It’s amazing. I’m ready to do the job.”
Lynn joins a long line of Red Bull juniors to have raced for Carlin, including world champion Sebastian Vettel and fellow F1 racers Jaime Alguersuari, Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat.
Team boss Trevor Carlin said: “We’ve always wanted to run Alex, and we realize what a talent he is. We’re very excited to have him in the team, especially after he dominated Macau he won it hands down, fair and square.”
Carlin believes that Lynn, who is renowned for smooth driving and not taking much out of his tires, will be immediately competitive in GP3.
“He’s got the pace to qualify well and he’s also a really intelligent driver,” he said. “He’s very much a championship favorite, and the pressure is on us to deliver for him. We’ll never get a better shot at winning GP3 and we’ll leave no stone unturned in our attempts to do so.”