Guanyu Zhou Confirmed As F1’s First Chinese Driver In Alfa Romeo Deal

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Alfa Romeo has signed Guanyu Zhou for the 2022 season, making him the first Chinese driver in Formula One. The 22-year-old will partner Valtteri Bottas, who will depart Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate at the end of the season, to replace Italian Antonio Giovinazzi. The 2022 grid will be completed by Zhou, who is the final driver to be confirmed for next season.

A statement from Alfa Romeo described Zhou as “a trailblazer who will write a pivotal page of his country’s motorsport history”. He will be the first Chinese driver to compete in F1, following on from his compatriot Ma Quinghua, the only Chinese man to have driven an F1 car before when he took part in five practice sessions in 2012 and 2013 for HRT and Caterham.

“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,” he said. “To be the first ever Chinese driver in Formula One is a breakthrough for Chinese motor sport 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.”

Source : Guardian sport

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