Alex Lynn's GPUpdate column: Reflections
12 December 2016 – Williams development driver Alex Lynn has penned a regular column for GPUpdate.net in 2016. In his second year of GP2 with DAMS, he hoped to compete for honours but, despite taking three wins, was never in title contention, and repeated his final classification of sixth. In this column, the 23-year-old reflects on his campaign, which also included a trio of outings in the World Endurance Championship's LMP2 class with Manor.
I'd say in all honesty this year has been a major disappointment. Nothing short of that.
The deficit to Pierre Gasly right from that first qualifying… I think we shrugged it off saying, 'Yeah, well, we didn't get this right, the tyre temperature was this, etc'. But looking back now, that was the tell-tale sign that, 'Oh, there's a big difference here', and it was just a struggle. It's a shame really, not anything like we wanted.
Pierre, who won the GP2 championship, I beat last year as my team-mate, in the same car, at the same team, with an equal chance. I was in front of him in the championship. That's the fact, that's the stat.
But I don't actually blame anyone for this year, because this championship, the way it is, the way everything happens, the tyres, such little track time. I don't portion the blame on anyone because I can honestly say that every decision I took or the team took was in our minds the right one at the time.
Given the experience of DAMS, a multiple championship-winning team and myself, a multiple championship-winning driver, every decision we took we all agreed on, all agreed it was the right way. It's the nature of the championship. There are a lot of things that aren't explainable in GP2 and it's just a shame that it's a championship which is difficult to judge. But I don't blame the team.
It's obviously been an extremely difficult and character-building year, but it's what I've got now. It was hard to deal with at the time, and I think I learned a lot about myself. I'd rather it didn't happen this way, but I think in the long-run I'll be a better racing driver for it. And it is how it is.
With next year, honestly, I've got no clue what's going to happen. It's as simple as that. Hand on heart, I don't know, and that's all I can say. I know it's boring, but that's the truth.
Nevertheless, thanks for reading these columns this year – here's to 2017!