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Alex Lynn GP3 Estoril Test Review
Posted by: newsla on Mar 29, 2014 - 06:20 AM
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Alex Lynn GP3 Estoril Test Review


Alex Lynn put in a stunning performance to top the times in his debut GP3 Series test at the Portuguese circuit of Estoril.

The 20-year-old British driver, on his first run in the colours of the Red Bull Junior team, lapped second fastest in Thursday’s morning session, fifth in the afternoon, and then headed both periods on Friday. Even more impressively, it was his first experience of the Estoril track.

 

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Lynn’s final effort was the best time overall from the 24-car field over the two days of testing, more than two tenths of a second clear of the second-fastest driver, his Carlin team-mate Emil Bernstorff.

Alex, who finished his Formula 3 career on a high by winning the 2013 Macau Grand Prix, was delighted to show that he has every chance of emulating fellow Red Bull Junior Daniil Kvyat, who won last year’s GP3 title before moving into Formula 1 this season with Toro Rosso.

“It was my first time in a GP3 car, and I got a really good feeling with it pretty much straight away,” he said. “I didn’t take long to get up to speed, so even after my first run we were able to start working on improving the car. On the first day we felt there were still some things to work on because we weren’t quickest. There was some rain and we didn’t really have chance to validate what we’d done.”

After more rain early on Friday, that chance finally came. “Straight out of the box it was very competitive,” said Lynn, “and from then on the car was really nice. We were just doing our own development programme, but because our tyres were getting very worn we decided to put some new ones on before lunch and go for a lap time. It worked and we went quickest. That really vindicated what we’d done. Carlin’s car has always been good on long runs, but the work we did on qualifying pace really paid off.”

Alex went faster still towards the end of the afternoon session. “We did a race run, and the pace was really good,” he added. “We were managing our tyre degradation well. Even when we went quickest again at the end, we weren’t trying to be blisteringly quick, but the car felt good and it just flowed so nicely.”

The performance puts Lynn on a high heading into the next test, at Jerez in Spain on April 10-11. After this there will be one further test at Barcelona, before the opening round of the championship at the same venue on May 9-11.

“It was a massive learning experience, but it’s nice to know that I don’t need to spend any more time getting used to the car and the Pirelli tyres,” concluded Alex. “I’m on top of it already, and over the tests at Jerez and Barcelona we can concentrate on putting ourselves into the best possible position to win from the opening round.”


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