Alfa Romeo is about to start the new era of Formula 1 with a bold decision: have a completely new drivers’ line-up.
The Italian team with Swiss roots indeed chose the experienced Valtteri Bottas, just released by Mercedes and accompanied him with a talented rookie, Guanyu Zhou. The 22-year old, moreover, is already making it into the story of the category for becoming the first ever Chinese to race into the pinnacle of motorsport.
2022 @alfaromeoracing F1 Driver!— 周冠宇 | Guanyu Zhou 🇨🇳 (@GuanyuZhou24) November 16, 2021
A kid’s dream come true...
First Chinese 🇨🇳 F1 driver.
Lots of emotions going through my mind right now, I’m just so grateful for this opportunity, Thanks to everyone who believed me supported me on this journey. #F1 #TeamZHOU pic.twitter.com/WBbkcqotGZ
“For a rookie, there is no better option than to have Bottas as your teammate in your first season – Zhou said, talking about being in team with the Finn for his very first season in F1.
"If I'm going to beat him, I know I need to work very hard and adapt very quickly to the whole of F1, and to the new car, from the very beginning, – he added up. – But I think what's more important is that he can help me get through the learning curve. He is a very open driver. He shares his information and discusses with the team and with me, which is a very helpful point.”
The Chinese youngster then praised Bottas for his results and experience in F1.
"After all, he's had so many podiums and wins in F1. Among all the drivers, there are only a few who can outqualify Hamilton, and he is one of them. I think he's a great reference and a very strong teammate. I hope to improve together with him next year."
Later, he focused on his own goals for 2022.
“First of all, I set a small goal to get points,- Zhou said – I don't know how competitive the car will be next season. We need to wait until the beginning of the season to get a clear picture. Personally, I would like to get points. But at the beginning of the season, I won't be thinking if it will be achievable at the first two races; just not to have too much pressure.