DS Virgin Racing has announced that Alex Lynn and Sam Bird will race for them in the fourth season of Formula E, marking the series’ first ever all-British driver line-up.
Alex Lynn has been signed on a multi-year deal after being appointed the team’s official reserve driver in the 2016/17 season. He’ll step up to a full-time race seat when the championship gets underway on the streets of Hong Kong in December.
The 23-year-old brings with him an impressive track record, he was previously the Formula Renault UK Champion, GP3 World Champion and victor in the coveted Macau F3 Grand Prix. He’s also had multiple wins in GP2, has been a Formula 1 test driver, and in June this year when he made his Formula E debut for DS Virgin Racing he secured pole position on his first attempt.
“I am over the moon at being promoted to a full-time drive with the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team,” Lynn said. “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 organisation 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. I am currently enjoying helping the team to further develop the car and intend to fully repay everyone’s faith in me on track next season.”
Teammate Bird continues his long-standing association with DS Virgin Racing, which has seen him secure five wins and nine podiums. “It’s great to be remaining with the DS Virgin Racing family which I’ve been a part of since we completed the first ever test lap at Donington Park in 2014,” Bird said.
“Last season saw us take some big steps forward in terms of pace and energy management – as our double victory in New York showed – and I know the team has been working hard on maintaining this competitive edge. I’m looking forward to further success in season four and to be partnering with Alex who will no doubt prove to be a real asset to the team.”
Team Principal Alex Tai added: ““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.”
The fourth season of the FIA Formula E Championship begins on December 2nd in Hong Kong. Head to the DS Virgin Racing website for all the latest news in the meantime.