Disappointing GP2 Series weekend in Baku for Lynn
PUBLISHED: 16:08 22 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:08 22 June 2016
Alex Lynn and his DAMS racing team were left scratching their heads after a disappointing, and point less, weekend at Baku, Azerbaijan in the GP2 Series.
Having qualified 13th for race one, Lynn did not finish as he was crashed in to.
Having then started race two from the back of the grid, the Dunmow racer did well to negotiate his way through the field and finish ninth, but that was a place outside the points.
Having struggled with the set-up of the car in practice for the street race and qualifying, the weekend was always going to be challenging for the team.
Lynn said: “The set-up of the car wasn’t particularly great, as was evident from free practice.
“In this championship you don’t recover from that sort of thing - we were playing catch-up all weekend.
“I made a good start to the first race. I made up loads of positions into the first corner when, in my peripheral vision, I saw Sergio Canamasas mount the top of Pierre Gasly, and I knew Artem Markelov was to my inside.
“I was alongside Sergey Sirotkin, who was already running out of room, so I had to take the decision to abort the first corner and go into the escape road, but as I did so Marvin Kirchhofer hit me up the bum.
“We were out of the race, and so was my team-mate Nick [Latifi], so that was a disaster for the team.”
Of his ninth place in the sprint race, he said: “To be honest that was mainly down to the chaos at safety-car restarts and I can’t claim we’d magically found our speed.
“If only we had a bit of pace we could have got something out of it.”
There was a silver-lining for Lynn as some of his fellow title challengers also had a poor weekend.
He added: “By a stroke of luck, everyone else who scored well over the opening two rounds had a bad weekend in Baku, so although I’ve dropped to sixth in the championship I’m still only 13 points off the lead.
“No one’s gained; no one’s lost.
“I’m 99 per cent sure we’ll be properly rapid over the next few rounds, so we just need to regroup because the championship is massively up in the air.”
The next GP2 Series weekend is at Austria’s Red Bull Ring on July 1-3.