Alfa Romeo Sign 'trailblazer' Guanyu Zhou, China's First F1 Driver
Zeeshan Mehtab 11 days ago Tue 16th November 2021 | 09:32 PM
Guanyu Zhou will become China's first ever Formula One driver after Alfa Romeo announced on Tuesday the 22-year-old would drive for the team next season
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Nov, 2021 ) :Guanyu Zhou will become China's first ever Formula One driver after Alfa Romeo announced on Tuesday the 22-year-old would drive for the team next season.
"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." Alfa Romeo described their new signing as "a trailblazer who will write a pivotal page of his country's motorsport history".
- 'Dream come true' - "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," Alfa Romeo quoted Zhou, who was educated in Britain, as saying.
"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.
His journey to F1 began in 2012 when he arrived in England to compete on the karting circuit.
This term he has 36 points to make up on title leader Oscar Piastri as the season reaches its conclusion.
Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur said he believed Zhou would establish "a very successful partnership with Valtteri.
"I know both of them well and I'm totally convinced the combination will work well." As well as the arrival of "a very talented driver" Vasseur welcomed "all the new Chinese fans who will join the team".
Vasseur later told F1.com that Zhou "has everything to be successful in Formula One" and while it had been a tough call to ditch Italian driver Giovinazzi the timing was right with new regulations coming in next season.
"Saying goodbye to a driver is never easy, especially so in the case of Antonio, who has been part of the team for so long," said Vasseur.
He has one point to his name this term with three races to come.
Raikkonen is on 10 points to leave the Swiss-based team ninth in the constructors' championship, ahead of Haas who have not scored a single point.