Mahindra Racing has completed its driver line-up for the 2020-21 Formula E season by retaining Berlin substitute Alex Lynn alongside former BMW Andretti racer Alexander Sims.
The confirmation of Lynn, who was widely expected to be kept on, was made during an online presentation on Wednesday in which the M7 Electro challenger was unveiled.
The team’s car for the seventh season of the all-electric championship features a revised livery and the first powertrain developed by technical partner and transmission specialist ZF.
British driver Lynn joined Mahindra for the final six races of the 2019-20 season in Berlin after the squad parted with Pascal Wehrlein ahead of his move to Porsche next year.
Lynn, who contested the full 2017-18 season with DS Virgin before a part-time campaign with Jaguar Racing, logged three points finishes in the German capital.
His best result of fifth in the penultimate race meant Lynn ended the campaign just three points behind the outfit’s full-season driver Jerome d’Ambrosio in the standings.
Lynn said: “I’m incredibly excited to be back for season seven of the FIA Formula E World Championship and to be a part of Mahindra Racing.
“I’ve had the opportunity of driving the M7Electro on numerous test days and we’re all pretty proud of what we’ve come up with.
“We won’t know our competitiveness fully until the lights go out in Santiago [16-17 January], but we are here to consistently fight for wins and podiums; that’s what the team go racing for and so do I.
“From that side I’m extremely excited and focused to be delivering the results that this hard-working team deserves.”
Lynn will partner Sims after his move from BMW Andretti – although Sims remains on the BMW books as a GT driver.
Sims scored his maiden FE victory in the Saudi Arabia double-header at the start of the 2019-20 season as well as picking up three pole positions in a row.
Sims has replaced d’Ambrosio in Mahindra’s line-up, with the Belgian driver retiring from racing and taking up the role of deputy team principal at rival FE squad Venturi.
In 2019-20, Mahindra endured its first podium-less campaign since the inaugural season of FE after unreliability issues following a change of gearbox supplier.
It finished the season ninth of the 12 teams, dropping three places from its finishing position in 2018-19.
Team principal and chief executive Dilbagh Gill added: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Mahindra Racing.
“Formula E has gone from strength to strength over this time and we are extremely proud to have been part of that journey from the very beginning.
“The team has been working incredibly hard to develop the M7 Electro challenger and, with a strong driver pairing of Alexander Sims and Alex Lynn, I am confident that we will be back to securing podiums this season.”
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