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Alex Lynn returns to Formula E as Jaguar test and reserve driver

Alex Lynn returns to Formula E as Jaguar test and reserve driver

After exiting the Panasonic Jaguar Racing squad at the end of the 2018/19 season, British driver Alex Lynn returns to theABB FIA Formula E Championship paddock as test and reserve driver for the UK team for the remainder of the season, replacingHo-Pin Tung.

After stating his career in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with Virgin Racing in 2017, Lynn took up a spot with the Jaguar Panasonic Racing team in 2019 after taking over from former champion Nelson Piquet Jr. 

Finishing the season with the Jaguar squad, Lynn achieved a best finish of seventh in the 2019 Bern E-Prix before he was dropped from the team ahead of the 2019/20 season in favour of all-electric racing rookie James Calado. 

Now, with days to go until the race in Santiago, Chile on January 18, 2020, Jaguar revealed Lynn would be returning to the team, taking on the role of test and reserve driver in the place of Ho-Pin Tung, who moves to an ambassadorial role.

“I am excited to be re-joining the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team and returning to Formula E," said Lynn. "I am familiar with the Championship, the team, their goals and how they work.

"I look forward to playing my part in helping the team achieve their objectives."

Despite driving in World Endurance Championship, the team claim Lynn will "dovetail" his commitments in WEC with Formula E. With Calado also driving in WEC, it's unclear who will partner with frontman Mitch Evans for the race in Sanya, China on March 21, which takes place on the day after the WEC race in Sebring. 

“Mitch Evans and James Calado are an exciting combination and they will be strongly supported by Alex throughout the season," said team boss James Barclay.

"Alex is not only a very talented and accomplished driver, he also has valuable experience in Formula E and a great relationship with our team.

"That experience and relationship will be highly beneficial to our ongoing development. Winning races can only be achieved if you have a hard working, talented team around you. Bringing Alex back into the fold helps us achieve that.”

After the first two opening rounds in Saudi Arabia, the team sits eighth in the standings. With no championship title to its name after three seasons in the series, the Jaguar squad will need to push hard in Santiago to better its standing in the opening rounds of the season.