ALEX Lynn hopes taking to a track he knows well will boost his chances of a strong finish in Mexico City – but he will have to do it the hard way.

A change of gearbox, due to a failure during the previous round of the FIA Formula E Championship in Santiago, Chile, last month, has resulted in a ten-place grid penalty for the Grove-based driver.

Unlike the first four races, Lynn is no stranger to Mexico’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit, having raced there in the World Endurance Championship.

But that means the 24-year-old, who drives for the DS Virgin Racing team, is fully aware of its biggest downfall – overtaking is tough.

Lynn said: “Having already driven on the track, I feel a lot more comfortable.

“Because of my experience, I knew what to expect when I drove recently on the simulator, and that’s translated into more confidence.

“It’s quite a good Formula E track.

“The only downside is that there’s not much overtaking, but as a circuit it’s quite challenging.”

The lack of opportunities to make his way through the field, means Lynn will have to experiment.

He said: “It ‘s not ideal from our side.

“So the plan has to be to do something different. We have to be bold with our choices on strategy, and hopefully that will pay off.”

Lynn heads into this weekend 14th in the standings.

But the Grove-based Panasonic Jaguar Racing outfit are fourth in the team championship, with drivers Nelson Piquet jnr and Mitch Evans fifth and seventh respectively.