last updated 38 minutes ago. From section formula 1 Guanyu Zhou has become formula 1s first Chinese drive after singing to race for Alfa Romeo in 2022.
Alfa Romeo described the formula 2 frontrunners as a “trailblazer who will write a pivotal page in his country’s motorsport history”.
Zhou, 22, will partner Valtteri Bottas, signed from Mercedes after veteran Kimi Raikkonen decided to retire this year. He replaces Antonio Giovinazzi, who has raced for Alfa since 2019 but now has no place on the F1 grid next year.
Zhou was part of the Ferrari driver academy from 2014-18 and moved to join Renault young driver stable in 2019. He has been testing drover for the French company’s F1 team for the past two years.
He will take with him to Alfa Romeo, a sizeable financial package worth millions of pounds.
Vasseur pointed to his F2 victories in Bahrain and Silverstone this year as evidence that he “has the ability” to compete at the highest level. “I don’t know if, in the end, he will be a champion or not in F2,” Vasseur said.
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They want to be successful,” Vasseur said.”When he was at the beginning of the story in F3, we said: Perhaps this once is a potential (F1 driver). And then he won some races in F3 Euroseries before moving to F2, and he did well.”The most important thing for me is that he is a clever guy because he is always improving from year to year, always doing a better job and putting everything together.”Vasseur said the extra income Zhou brings to Alfa Romeo would mean that the team would be able to operate at F1s cost cap next season-their budget is “massively” under the $145M figure this year, he said.”In the end, our sponsors also want to be happy and develop their commitment to the future, and the financial side can’t be hidden,” Vasseur said.