Guanyu Zhou: Alfa Romeo confirmed on Tuesday that Guanyu Zhou, 22, will compete for the team next season, making him China’s first Formula One driver. Zhou has made waves in Formula Two and will be replaced by Antonio Giovinazzi, who will be replaced by Valtteri Bottas, who will be transferring from Mercedes to replace Kimi Raikkonen, who is retiring. “Being the first Chinese driver in Formula One is a watershed moment in Chinese motorsport history,” he said “Zhou stated.
“A trailblazer who will write a vital page in his country’s motorsport history,” Alfa Romeo said of their new signing. The arrival of the first driver from China, according to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, was “wonderful.” He wrote, “The news that Guanyu Zhou will be in Formula One next season is excellent for the sport and the millions of enthusiastic Chinese fans who now have a home hero to cheer all year long.” The 1.4 billion-strong country, which host edits maiden grand prix in Zhou’s hometown of Shanghai in 2004, provides a massive market for Formula One and manufacturers like Alfa Romeo.
In 2020 and this year, the Covid-19 outbreak put an end to the Chinese Grand Prix, but the race will return to the calendar in 2022,with no doubt who the people will be pulling for. Zhou has already experienced the fast lane of motorsport as a test driver for the F1 Alpine team in 2020/21, and he participated in his first free practice session at this year’s Austrian Grand Prix.
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“I’ve dreamed of going as high as I can in as port that I love since I was a child, and now my goal has come true,” she says “Zhou, who was schooled in the United Kingdom, was reported by Alfa Romeo as stating.
Zhou has had a breakout year in Formula 2,and he currently sits second in the standings, competing for the championship with races in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi still to come. His quest to Formula One began in 2012, when he moved to England to compete in karting. He was crowned the best rookie in Formula2 in 2019, finishing seventh. After winning his first race, he finished sixth last year. As the season draws to a close, he still has36 points to make up on title leader Oscar Piastri.
Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur predicted that Zhou and Valtteri would have “a very good alliance.” “I’m familiar with both of them and am confident that the two will complement one other.” Vasseur welcomed “all the new Chinese fans who would join the squad,” in addition to “a very great driver.” Alfa Romeo stated that Giovinazzi would leave at the end of the 2021 championship in December, prompting Zhou’s promotion.
Vasseur later told F1.com that Zhou “has everything it takes to be a Formula One champion.” “While it was a difficult decision to drop Italian driver Giovinazzi, the time was ideal with new regulations set to be implemented next season. “It’s never easy to say goodbye to a driver, especially one who has been a part of the squad for so long as Antonio “Vasseur stated. Giovinazzi’s best finish in three seasons with the Swiss-based team is fifth place at the 2019 Brazil Grand Prix.