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Red Bull juniors Lynn and Gasly join GP2

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Alex Lynn tested for Lotus in the Abu Dhabi test last November © Sutton Images

GP3 champion Alex Lynn and Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up Pierre Gasly will drive for DAMS in the 2015 GP2 season.

The pair, both Red Bull junior drivers, will join the team which won the GP2 championship with Jolyon Palmer last season, as well as with Romain Grosjean and Davide Valsecchi in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Lynn moves up having claimed the GP3 crown with Carlin and after being overlooked for the Toro Rosso drive in favour of Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz Jr.

"I am delighted to be racing with DAMS in 2015," Lynn said. "Their record in the last few years speaks for itself and there's nowhere else I wanted to be in GP2 - it's a fantastic opportunity for me and I'd like to thank them for giving me this break. My aim is to fight for the championship. It's a long time since anybody won GP2 in their first year, but if we can get off to a solid start there's no reason why we shouldn't be able to fight for wins and podiums straight away."

Gasly, who finished second to Sainz in Formula Renault 3.5 last year, is excited by the chance to fight for another championship in 2015.

"GP2 is a very competitive championship and I know I'm going to have to do a lot of hard work," Gasly said. "Obviously my aim is the drivers' title. I'm in the best team and I'll have the resources to achieve this objective."

Under the FIA's new superlicence system, winning the GP2 championship is worth 50 points, as opposed to the 30 granted to the winner of Formula Renault 3.5, which explains why Red Bull has opted to place both Lynn and Gasly in the former. Drivers will need 40 points over a three year period to get into F1 from 2016 onwards, meaning finishing first or second in GP2 this year would be enough for a rookie to immediately be eligible for a drive.

Pierre Gasly competed in six GP2 races last year with Caterham © Getty Images
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