Guanyu Zhou will become the first Chinese driver in Formula 1 full-time from next year when he starts a new championship together with Valtteri Bottas. The 22-year-old, who is battling for this season’s F2 title, has undergone extensive testing in older F1 cars through his role as a test driver for Alpine.
But they have been linking him to a move to Formula 1 with Alfa Romeo for several months now. His arrival continues the Hinwil-based team’s strategy of combining youth with experience as Zhou joins experienced Bottas, a multiple F1 race winner who comes from Mercedes.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Guanyu Zhou to Alfa Romeo Racing. He is a very talented driver, as shown by his results in F2, and we look forward to helping his talent flourish even more in Formula 1. ” “We are proud of our driving lineup for 2022 and we are confident that Zhou will establish a very successful partnership with Valtteri.
We are also looking forward to welcoming all new Chinese fans to join the team. ” “Alfa Romeo Racing is a historic brand and one that embodies the spirit of Formula 1 and we will do our best to make the experience of our sport great in China,” said Fred Vasseur, head of the Alfa Romeo team.
Zhou added: "Since I was little, I dreamed that I would climb as much as I could in a sport I am passionate about, and now the dream has come true." "It is my privilege to start my career in Formula 1 with a cult team, a team that has introduced so many young talents to Formula 1 in the past.
Now the dream is a reality. ”
Zhou is currently driving for UNI-Virtuosi in this year's Formula 2 Championship. According to this news, the team also revealed that Giovinazzi will leave them after the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
With no remaining driving positions for 2022, this brings to an end (at least for now) his career in Formula 1. In 60 races for the team, the best result is the fifth place at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix. “Saying goodbye to a driver is never easy, especially in the case of Antonio, who has been part of the team for so long.
When we break up, we will keep the memories of the good times and learn lessons from the bad ones, knowing that all those moments made us grow together as a team. ” “We wish Antonio all the best for his future after this 2021 season.
Before that, we have three more races to achieve some good results together and finish the year strongly,” Vasseur said.