Frustrating time for Lynn in GP2 Series
PUBLISHED: 10:32 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:32 27 August 2015
Alex Lynn went from the highs of a GP2 Series victory last time out to the lows of just one point from the weekend's action at Spa-Francorchamps.
The Dunmow race ace, who drives for the DAMS team, took 11th spot in the feature race on Saturday and sneaked a point for eighth place in Sunday’s sprint race.
The 21-year-old said: “It was a bit of a frustrating weekend all round at Spa for me and the DAMS team in the GP2 Series, with my last-lap pass on Sergio Canamasas giving us the only point of the event.
“We went to Belgium with high hopes.
“Last time out in Hungary I’d taken my first feature-race win, with my team-mate Pierre Gasly chasing me home in a one-two for DAMS.
“So with Pierre failing to score at all at Spa, and me getting scuppered by a safety car in race one, it showed how quickly things can change in GP2.”
Lynn started race one from ninth on the grid on the harder prime tyre, and that was to prove costly as when rival Daniel de Jong crashed the safety car came out.
This allowed drivers from all down the field, who’d started on the soft tyre, to get a pit-stop for free, but it was too early for Lynn to change onto the soft and finish race.
Lynn added: “Even more galling, the race was then red-flagged - if they’d stopped the race immediately, we would have been fine; probably better off even.
“I’d been trying to control my pace on the prime tyre, and it was all looking really good and it looked like I was settling into a nice race, but the safety car ruined everything.
“Later on in the race I pitted for soft tyres, but I have to say our pace wasn’t particularly strong on them.
“They weren’t lasting very long and our pace wasn’t strong enough to dig us out of the hole.”
The 11th place finish handed him the same place on the grid for race two.
He made inroads on the field before being stuck behind Canamasas, but finally passing him for a point in the latter stages.
“I’m still very much going for second in the points, but obviously there are some good weekends needed,” added Lynn.
The next race weekend is at Monza on September 5/6.