Reigning GP2 champion Alex Lynn has signed with Williams F1 team as their new development driver for 2015.

His role with the team will primarily involve simulator work; however, Lynn will drive the FW37 in Barcelona for the post-Spanish Grand Prix test.

Deputy Team Principle Claire Williams said that the aim was to develop Lynn for the future through his development role, which he will alternate with his GP2 commitments.

“Williams has a strong track record in bringing young talent through the ranks and our development driver position is designed to fully immerse new recruits into the inner workings of a Formula 1 team,” she said.

Lynn Palmer

Williams also mentioned that Lynn earned his development role on merit after impressive performances throughout the 2014 GP3 season.

Lynn’s primary focus now is to emulate current Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who got his role with team in a similar fashion.

“Through hard work and determination, he [Bottas] has gone from winning the GP3 title to earning his place as a Williams F1 race driver.”

“I hope that with a strong year in GP2, while also helping to develop the F1 car throughout this season, I can follow in the footsteps of Valtteri Bottas who joined the Williams team in exactly the same development driver role,” Lynn said.

The 21-year-old made his F1 testing debut with Force India after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; however the third driver role went to the GP2 series champion Jolyon Palmer.

Images via XPB Images and GP2 Media

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