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2016 'key' for Williams development driver Alex Lynn

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Williams development driver Alex Lynn thinks 2016 could help shape the rest of his motor racing career.

The 2014 GP3 champion had a mixed debut in GP2 last season, winning two races in an inconsistent campaign with DAMS which saw him finish sixth overall. This year he will once again split his GP2 races with his duties at Williams and thinks the next 12 months will help determine his future.

"I believe [2016] is the key year for me," Lynn told Essex's Daily Gazette. "No matter what motorsport arena I'm in, whether it's F1 or anything, next year will be the one to put myself in the shop window to prove that I'm able to deliver.

"Every year is the big one, but that really is the case for me this year: it is the big one. I'm focused on GP2 to put myself in the shop window and I'll see what things open up for me. There's pressure with that, but I like it to be honest as it makes me feel quite confident."

Lynn was a member of the Red Bull junior programme when he won the GP3 championship but, having missed out on a Toro Rosso seat, severed ties before joining Williams in early 2015. The Englishman thinks he played an important role for the team last season and wants that to continue this year.

"I have had really positive feedback and built up positive relationships with key members of the team. I think I contributed a fair amount to the team's success last year and I'd love the opportunity to continue that."