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F1: Alfa Romeo signs Guanyu Zhou, the first Chinese in Formula 1 history

F1: Alfa Romeo signs Guanyu Zhou, the first Chinese in Formula 1 history

The 22-year-old young driver will be paired with Valtteri Bottas, who will leave Mercedes at the end of the World Championship.

Guanyu Zhou, in November 2019.STRAFP

Alfa Romeo Racing has confirmed this Tuesday the signing of the pilot Guanyu Zhou to accompany Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes sign – in the lineup facing the World Cup 2022, so he will become the first Chinese pilot in the history of the Formula 1.

“Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN will have a boost of talent and enthusiasm when Guanyu Zhou joins the team as a driver for the 2022 season. The young Chinese, winner of multiple races in the FIA F2 Championship, will make his F1 debut, “announced the squire.

Zhou to be the first Chinese-born Formula One driver and a pioneer in the motor world of the Asian giant. Alfa Romeo highlights that on its way to F1 it has had “dedication and commitment“as well as a” firm confidence “in his piloting.

To their 22 years, Guanyu Zhou finished second in the Italian F4 in 2015, before accumulating victories in the Euro F3 and F2. This 2021, in the second category of motorsports, he is second in the World Cup and fight for the title of F1 champion in the last rounds of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

“Zhou will join a team with heritage and tradition, completing a highly competitive lineup alongside Valtteri Bottas: this combination of youth and experience be ready to propel Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN forward, “argued Alfa Romeo.

“The dream is already a reality”

Guanyu Zhou assured that his arrival in F1 at the hands of Alfa Romeo allows him to complete his childhood dream. “It is a privilege for me to start my F1 career with an iconic team, a team that has brought in so many young talents in the past. Now the dream is already a reality“, be honest.

“I feel well prepared for the immense challenge, alongside proven world-class talent like Valtteri Bottas. I want to thank the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team for this opportunity. The goal is to be learn as much as possible and be as fast as possible. Being the first Chinese driver in Formula 1 is a breakthrough in Chinese motorsport history. I know there will be high hopes for me, as always, take this as a motivation to be better and achieve more, “he said.

For his part, the team manager, Frdric Vasseur, welcomed Guanyu Zhou and described him as a “very talented” pilot. “We are eager to help his talent flourish even more in F1. We are proud of our lineup for 2022 and we are confident that Zhou will form a very successful partnership with Valtteri,” he augured.

Reference from elmundo