Alfa Romeo has chosen current F2 driver, Guanyu Zhou for the 2022 season. The 22-year old will become China’s first full time F1 driver. However, his move means Antonio Giovinazzi has lost his seat. So, the Italian gets to be in F1 for 3 more races now.
Zhou will be seen alongside Valtteri Bottas, who’s presently driving for Mercedes. Frederic Vasseur (Team Principal of Alfa Romeo) said,
“It is a pleasure to welcome Guanyu Zhou to Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN. He is a very talented driver, as his results in F2 have shown, and we are looking forward to helping his talent flourish even more in Formula One. We are proud of our line-up for 2022 and we are confident Zhou will form a very successful partnership with Valtteri.”
“We are also looking forward to welcoming all the new Chinese fans who will join the team: Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN is a historical brand and one that embodies the spirit of Formula One and we will do our utmost to make the experience of our sport a great one in China.”
Guanyu Zhou on his move to Alfa Romeo
“I dreamt from a young age of climbing as high as I can in a sport that I am passionate about and now the dream has come true.”
“It is a privilege for me to start my Formula 1 racing career with an iconic team, a team that has introduced so much young talent into Formula 1 in the past. Now the dream is reality.”
“I feel well prepared for the immense challenge of Formula 1, the pinnacle of my sport, alongside a proven, world-class talent in Valtteri Bottas.”
“I wish to thank the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team for this opportunity. Next year the target will be to learn as much as possible and as quickly as possible.”
“To be the first ever Chinese driver in Formula 1 is a breakthrough for Chinese motorsport history. I know a lot of hopes will be resting on me and, as ever, I will take this as motivation to become better and achieve more.”
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