Lynn replaces Lopez at DS Virgin for season four

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DS Virgin Racing has confirmed that Alex Lynn will step up to a full-time race seat for Formula E’s fourth season, replacing Jose Maria Lopez.

Lynn linked up with DS Virgin in January after missing out on a seat with Jaguar for season three, taking up a reserve role that led to his race debut in New York while Lopez was on sportscars duty with Toyota.

Lynn made a splash by taking pole for his very first race, but ultimately retired from both legs of the double-header weekend in Red Hook.

The Briton nevertheless did enough to make an impression on the team, who announced on Tuesday that he would partner Sam Bird for season four, replacing Lopez.

“I am over the moon at being promoted to a full-time drive with the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team,” Lyn said.

“Having worked very closely with them since January this year, it has been a genuine pleasure to learn from such a fantastic group of high-quality engineers and to integrate myself into their set-up.

“Indeed, I have been made to feel very welcome throughout their organisation and I would specifically like to thank Alex Tai for not only giving me the chance to make my series debut in New York but for subsequently promoting me to this full-time race seat.

“I am currently enjoying helping the team to further develop the car and intend to fully repay everyone’s faith in me on track next season.”

The announcement also saw DS Virgin confirm Bird’s return for a fourth year, with the five-time ePrix winner understood to have been approached by Jaguar for a seat.

“It’s great to be remaining with the DS Virgin Racing family which I’ve been a part of since we completed the first ever test lap at Donington Park in 2014,” Bird said.

“Last season saw us take some big steps forward in terms of pace and energy management – as our double victory in New York showed – and I know the team has been working hard on maintaining this competitive edge.

“I’m looking forward to further success in season four and to be partnering with Alex who will no doubt prove to be a real asset to the team.”

The news leaves Lopez out in the cold after just one full season in Formula E, having been parachuted into DS Virgin via his links to Citroen, with whom he won three WTCC titles before returning to single-seaters.

With DS understood to be considering a shift of its manufacturer support to Techeetah for season five, it is possible that Lopez may be in contention for a seat alongside Jean-Eric Vergne for the new campaign, starting in Hong Kong on December 2.

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