Guanyu Zhou to debut in Formula 1 with Alfa Romeo

He will replace the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi and will be the first Chinese rider to race in the category.

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The Chinese pilot Guanyu-Zhou will enter the history of the F1 in March 2022 by becoming the first pilot of his country to race in the top flight after the team Alfa Romeo will announce his signing this Tuesday.

The 22-year-old, who replaces the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, will have as a teammate the Finn Valtteri Bottas.

Guanyu-Zhou“Being the first Chinese driver in Formula 1 is a breakthrough in the history of Chinese automobile sport. I know that there are many hopes placed on me and, as always, I will take it as a motivation to improve ”, noted Zhou, whose announcement completes next season's F.1 grid.

Reserve pilot Alpine For the second consecutive season in 2021, Zhou participated in his first practice session in F.1 this year, during the Austrian Grand Prix. In this season he competes in the F2 and he is second in the contest in the absence of two dates for the end of the contest.

“It is a pleasure to receive Guanyu Zhou. We are also looking forward to welcoming all the new Chinese fans who will join the team. Alfa Romeo is a historical brand that embodies the spirit of Formula 1 and we will do our best to make the experience of our sport in China formidable. " he pointed Fred vasseur, director of the pilot's new team.

Until the arrival of Zhou, Ma Qinghua had been the last Chinese to participate in rehearsals, in 2012 and 2013, with the teams HRT y Caterham.

FORMULA 1 2022: PILOTS AND TEAMS

No. PILOT TEAM
44 Lewis Hamilton (ENG) Mercedes
63 George Russell (ENG) Mercedes
11 Sergio Perez (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 (ENG) McLaren
14 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine
31 Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine
10 Pierre Gasly (FRA) Alpha Tauri
22 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP) Alpha Tauri
5 Sebastian Vettel (ALE) Aston Martin
18 Lance Stroll (CAN) Aston Martin
6 Nicholas Latifi (CAN) Williams
23 Alex Albon Williams
77 Valtteri Bottas (END) Alfa Romeo
- Guanyu Zhou (CHI) Alfa Romeo
9 Nikita Mazepin (RUS) Haas
47 Mick Schumacher (ALE) Haas

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