Lynn was drafted in by Mahindra for the final six races of the season in Berlin following Pascal Wehrlein’s departure in June, quickly getting up to speed with the team and impressed with strong results on track.
Mahindra Racing also showed off its 2020-21 Formula E car, the M7 Electro, during the team’s virtual launch today.
““I’m incredibly excited to be back for Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and to be a part of Mahindra Racing,” said Lynn. 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, 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.”
“This is an incredibly exciting time for Mahindra Racing,” said team principal Dilbagh Gill. “We are heading into the championship’s (and the team’s!) seventh year in Formula E, and the first year ever as a World Championship series.”
“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 M7Electro 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.”
Speaking to Inside Electric in July, Lynn expressed eagerness to return to the Formula E grid full time, and said that being a frequent substitute driver was “not a habit I want to get into.”
Despite not having raced in Formula E for more than a year, Lynn collected a total of 16 points in Berlin (just three fewer than driver Jerome d’Ambrosio managed all season), including a career-best Formula E result of fifth, and achieved the best average qualifying position of any driver on the grid with five top-seven starts from his six Mahindra outings.
Lynn’s previous shot at Formula E was a half season with Jaguar as replacement for Nelson Piquet Jr during the 2018-19 season. The Brit scored points in Monaco and Bern that season during a seven-race stint, and was on-course for top five placings in Berlin and New York before experiencing car failures in both.
With confirmation of Alexander Sims arrival from BMW Andretti, it will be only the second time in Formula E history that a team has entered an all-British driver lineup – the last being when Lynn partnered Sam Bird at DS Virgin during the 2017-18 campaign.