Following the recent announcement of the team Haas, which will retain the German in its ranks Mick Schumacher and to russian Nikita mazepin, there is only one that of the F1 who has not confirmed his full line-up for next season: Alfa Romeo Racing.
The team run by Clean already closed a deal with the Finn Valtteri Bottas, who will leave Mercedes at the end of the year to give up the job to English George Russell. In this way, the Nordic will replace his compatriot Kimi Raikkonen, who will leave the category at the end of this tournament.
Currently the second seat of the team belongs to the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi. However, the team's negotiations with the Chinese are not a secret. Guanyu Zhou, who ranks second in the contest of the Formula 2.
Both Alfa Romeo and Zhou admitted an interest in being together in 2022 and, according to British press reports, the agreement is practically finalized. Another sign that everything is on track came from Alpine, which welcomed the Chinese into its academy in 2019 when it was still Renault.
In dialogue with Motorsport, Marcin budkowski, Alpine's CEO, said they would not stand in Zhou's way if he wants to get to F1 with another team. In addition, he confirmed that if this possibility materializes, the Australian Oscar piastri, leader of the F.2 championship, would become the team's tester in the GP's Friday practice sessions.
Zhou, who has shown a good adaptation to the F.1 when he had the opportunity to get on the Alpine and who has been competitive in the F.2, also has good financial support, something that is always welcome in teams.
It was even mentioned that it could contribute 30 millones de euros, although this was denied by Frédéric Vasseur, responsible for Alfa Romeo Racing and who emphasized that they prioritize talent over money...
FORMULA 1 2022: PILOTS AND TEAMS
|44||Lewis Hamilton (ING)||Mercedes|
|63||George Russell (ING)||Mercedes|
|11||Sergio Pérez (MEX)||Red Bull|
|33||Max Verstappen (NLD)||Red Bull|
|16||Charles Leclerc (MON)||Ferrari|
|55||Carlos Sainz (ESP)||Ferrari|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)||McLaren|
|4||Lando Norris (ING)||McLaren|
|14||Fernando Alonso (ESP)||Alpine|
|31||Esteban Ocon (FRA)||Alpine|
|10||Pierre Gasly (FRA)||AlphaTauri|
|22||Yuki Tsunoda (JAP)||AlphaTauri|
|5||Sebastian Vettel (ALE)||Aston Martin|
|18||Lance Stroll (CAN)||Aston Martin|
|6||Nicholas Latifi (CAN)||Williams|
|23||Alex Albon (THA)||Williams|
|77||Valtteri Bottas (FIN)||Alfa Romeo|
|-||To confirm||Alfa Romeo|
|9||Nikita Mazepin (RUS)||Haas|
|47||Mick Schumacher (ALE)||Haas|