“You’re always on a knife-edge of trying not to spend energy but trying not to get overtaken. The tactics that go into saving energy is the biggest difference [to conventional racing]. Someone described it as a really fast game of chess, and in a way that’s right.”
A bit like rallying
Lynn cites the relationship with his performance and race engineers as the key to unlocking the results that have so far eluded him. “If you haven’t got the right person in your ear giving you feedback – and there’s a lot – it won’t work,” he says. “It’s a bit like rallying: your engineer is your co-driver, reading the race for you.”
His good relationship with Sims also matters (as long as he ultimately beats him, of course). “We get on really well; Simsy is a very professional guy,” says Lynn. “We know we need to work with each other to improve the package we’ve been given, to try to beat everyone else. It’s so competitive; you need a good information flow between the two cars.”
Winning Le Mans
Lynn’s focus for now is to “pick up some trophies” in Formula E. But in recent years, he has enjoyed a parallel life as a works GTE driver in the World Endurance Championship and at Le Mans. But that has now come to a crashing halt, following Aston Martin’s disappointing factory withdrawal from sports cars as it shifts its focus to F1.
“It’s hard, because we had just got into the stride with the new Vantage,” says Lynn, who admits the decision was a “surprise”. But in the wake of winning the GTE Pro class at Le Mans last September with team-mates Harry Tincknell and Maxime Martin, Lynn doesn’t hide his ambition to go one better at some point in the near future.