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It's been a busy couple of weeks at Mahindra Racing. We catch up with the squad, its team principal and new recruit Alex Lynn after Jerome D'Ambrosio's shakedown drive last week.
Mahindra Racing hit the asphalt last week for a shakedown and test session on an airfield in the north of England, with new recruit Alex Lynn linking up with the team for the first time proper since signing on the dotted line to replace Pascal Wehrlein early last Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Brit has enjoyed stints with Envision Virgin Racing in 2017/18 and Panasonic Jaguar Racing the following season in Formula E before taking up a development driver role with the latter earlier this year.
A high of seventh with Jaguar came at the Bern E-Prix, though prospective podium finishes were in sight in both Berlin and New York before mechanical issues stepped between him and the opportunity to get his hands on silverware.
Lynn is full of self-belief and a determination to snag the trophies he feels his performances have deserved during his time in Formula E to-date, with the aim of showing the paddock exactly what he - and Mahindra - are all about come Berlin and the nine-day six-race showdown at Tempelhof.
"The team's got a very strong car this year," said the Londoner. "They maybe haven't got the results they or the car has deserves to I want to help myself and Jerome (D'Ambrosio, Lynn's team-mate) put that right in Berlin.
"It's no secret I was pretty disappointed not to be racing this year in Formula E. I was more determined than ever to come back and show everyone why I deserve to be here.
"If anything, I've just come back more hungry to do the job and get the trophies I feel I should have had last year. I can bring experience and positive energy as well as a fresh voice.
"I've been watching Jerome and picking up things where I can because it's a new team. The way any team works in Formula E is completely different but he's been a real gentleman and a lot of help so far. It's down to both of us to drive this team forward."
Lynn first caught the eye of Mahindra's team principal on his debut, when he stormed to a stunning pole with Virgin in New York City.
It was an almighty effort, and one that stuck with Gill, who believes the Londoner has both the hunger and desire to hit the ground running and push the team forward.
"It's a no-brainer for us," said Gill. "Alex has been really strong in Formula E. I will never forget that first race of his; coming in as a substitute and putting it on pole. You don't forget moments like that.
"With Virgin and Jaguar he's been at teams that are tremendous competititors and has raised their efforts - he's done a very good job. He comes with experience and he's ready. He's the right person for us at the right time.
"It’s not easy to jump in mid-season, especially with the unique way we will be running the races in Berlin, but Alex has a hunger, talent and experience that we are sure will pay dividends fast."
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