Things are looking well for Alex Lynn. The Red Bull backed 20-year-old fronts the GP3 Series with Carlin Motorsport and heads into this weekend’s fourth round at Hockenheim a confident man.
Of course, there are threats to his lead. Sweden’s Jimmy Eriksson won last time out at Silverstone and cut Lynn’s advantage to just eight points, but last year’s Macau Grand Prix winner does not appear outwardly concerned.
Admittedly, the difficulties experienced during the second races at both Barcelona and Austria annoyed the Essex-born racer, but Lynn is learning and he knows the speed is there.
As do Red Bull – and that is why Lynn is part of the programme that has helped deliver Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat. However the pressure is on and Red Bull expects.
Rumours circulating have already placed Carlos Sainz Jr in the recently bought out Caterham F1 squad, possibly to replace Kamui Kobayshi as early as after the summer break.
And Lynn believes he is ready to join the Red Bull pack on the Formula One grid in 2015, but to where?
While Vergne has done a reasonable job at Toro Rosso so far this year, one wonders in decent is ‘good enough’ against his rookie teammate Kvyat.
If the 20-year-old Russian continues to perform, the pressure on Vergne will only increase and if a door is going to open up for Sainz Jr and Lynn, Toro Rosso and Caterham may be where the duo could slot in.
But it is early days yet and there are still lots of races to run before decisions for the future are set in stone.