Pierre Gasly and Alex Lynn have been confirmed as the drivers that will attempt to defend DAMS’ Teams’ Championship in 2015.
Gasly started his GP2 career in Italy last year with Caterham Racing and scored two eleventh place finishes in Sochi. The 18-year-old Frenchman then tested with DAMS in the post-season tests and topped the standings at the end of all three days. Gasly was also runner-up in last season’s Formula Renault 3.5 campaign.
DAMS’ second driver for 2015 is reigning GP3 Series Champion Alex Lynn. Lynn won three races last year to beat Dean Stoneman to the GP3 crown and was also very quick in post-season GP2 testing with three different teams.
Both drivers are members of the Red Bull Junior Team and it is the first time the energy drink company has run two of its drivers in the same GP2 team.
Jean-Paul Driot (owner of DAMS): “After the brilliant season we had in 2014 it’ll be difficult to do better! Obviously our aim is to keep our titles and I’m delighted to welcome Pierre Gasly and Alex Lynn to the team. It’s the youngest driver line-up we’ve ever had in GP2, but we’ve got two exceptionally talented guys who have a great future ahead of them. Although the overall level in the championship will again be very high, I’m confident that with these drivers DAMS will prove worthy of its rank.”
Pierre Gasly: “I’m very happy to be joining DAMS which, for me, is a benchmark. It’s the team I wanted to work with. The first tests we did together in Abu Dhabi really boosted my confidence. I felt at home in the team and I hit it off with all the guys straight away so I was on the pace from day one. GP2 is a very competitive championship and I know I’m going to have to do a lot of hard work. Obviously my aim is the drivers’ title. I’m in the best team and I’ll have the resources to achieve this objective. I’ll also have a very solid team-mate in Alex who I know well. We get on like a house on fire and that’ll be a plus for the team. I can’t wait for the season to begin!”
Alex Lynn: “I am delighted to be racing with DAMS in 2015. Their record in the last few years speaks for itself and there’s nowhere else I wanted to be in GP2 – it’s a fantastic opportunity for me and I’d like to thank them for giving me this break. My aim is to fight for the Championship. It’s a long time since anybody won GP2 in their first year, but if we can get off to a solid start there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to fight for wins and podiums straight away. I also know Pierre very well, we’re good friends and it’s not often that team-mates see eye to eye so I’m looking forward to having a good year with him – it will also make things a lot smoother and more productive for the team with us working together in a positive way. Bring on Bahrain !”