Lynn keen to emulate Bottas at Williams

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Alex Lynn wants to emulate Valtteri Bottas and use his development driver role at Williams as a springboard to a race seat.

Williams announced Lynn as its development driver on Wednesday morning, with the GP3 champion joining Bottas, Felipe Massa and Susie Wolff as part of the team's driver line-up. With the role focusing on simulator work as well as an opportunity to test the FW37 after the Spanish Grand Prix in May, Lynn said the example of Bottas - who won the 2011 GP3 title before a year as Williams test driver saw him promoted to a race seat in 2013 - was one he will look to follow.

“I am extremely excited to be joining Williams, a team with such incredible history and amazing potential," Lynn said. "Over the past year the team has made huge strides forward and it’s clear to see their determination to fight for more success in the future.

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

"Working with people like Sir Frank Williams and Pat Symonds is an incredible opportunity for me. There is so much experience here at Williams and I hope to be able to use the knowledge gained from these people to further develop my skills as a racing driver and respected member of this team. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming from the outset, we have hit the ground running and I am very excited about the challenges this role offers – particularly my on track activities driving the FW37 in a few months time.”

Red Bull confirmed to that Lynn's move to Williams comes after he amicably left the Red Bull young driver programme.

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