Zhou Guanyu has heaped praise onto his team mate Valtteri Bottas after the Chinese driver’s solid rookie season so far for Alfa Romeo.
Guanyu has scored five points so far with a best finish of eighth at the Canadian Grand Prix helping the Swiss team to P6 in the Constructors championship as of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old explained that Bottas has been extremely helpful in his development throughout his rookie Formula 1 season and they have been collaborating well.
The Alfa Romeo said: “Yeah, like I said he (Bottas) was the best team mate I’ve ever had over all the series. The last one as nice as him was probably Callum Ilott in F2.
“It’s been great obviously coming from Valtteri’s experience elevates me, just try to help me going through especially already from the pre season testing from Bahrain and all that time.
“He was able just to be there with me whatever I need to just give me the guidance and also give me the tips so it’s been very useful and I wouldn’t be moving that much obviously because he’s older, more experienced than me.
“I’m young so we’re not fighting together for the seat we’re pushing together to help the team have better results for us so it’s good you don’t have the inside team fights like you’ve seen in other teams in the past years.”
The Chinese driver has performed admirably in qualifying breaking into Q3 on two occasions in Canada and Britain, he out qualified his team mate Bottas on both Saturdays.
Guanyu explained he is delighted with his qualifying performance and his expectations have raised during the season after a plethora of Q2 appearances for the Hinwil based team.
He explained that his strong one lap performances have been a confidence boost and the Alfa Romeo driver is anticipating getting past Q1 more as the season rumbles on.
“I mean, overall I’m quite happy, but like I said I feel like after surprising everyone especially in Q3 is that it is definitely surprising for myself as well, because I didn’t feel in my first year I could have much opportunity to do that, so it was quite good achievement and a good boost for me going forward.
“Then on the other hand I feel like my expectation for myself are obviously going higher even though I’m still a rookie if I’m out in Q1 I always feel quite upset now because at the beginning of the year I felt ok but now I feel like Q2 will always be my minimum target even though now the whole field is quite compact.
Guanyu’s superb performances in qualifying have been somewhat negated by multiple poor starts in Formula 1’s ultra competitive midfield.
The poor starts are something the 23-year-old is urging the Alfa Romeo team to get on top of. However most of Guanyu’s goals have been achieved.
The Chinese driver will be hoping to keep up the momentum after the summer break at Spa-Francorchamps, a circuit he secured a podium at in FIA Formula 2.