The Chinese Guanyu Zhou will take an important step towards his goal of becoming the first driver from his country to get a steering wheel in F1 since the team Alpine announced that he would participate in the first free trials of the Austrian Grand Prix, on Friday.
Leader at the moment of the championship of F2 with the team Uni-Virtuosi, the 22-year-old Shanghai native will borrow the Spaniard's car Fernando Alonso for this session where the teams have gotten used to the fact that their reserve drivers sometimes roll.
The Chinese, who from the age of 13 attended school in the UK, added: “It will be even more special to drive Fernando's car, as he inspired me to fight for a racing career when I was young.
Guanyu Zhou follows in the footsteps of his compatriot Ma Qinghua, who participated in several sessions in 2012 and 2013 with the teams HRT y Caterham. But Ma did not manage to secure a seat in the most prestigious category of motorsport.
The CEO of Alpine, Laurent rossi, called this opportunity a "Important stage" in Zhou's promising career. "This experience will be of great help to him in his progression towards the final goal, which is a starting place in Formula 1" stated the executive.
"I would say that I am the Chinese driver who is closest to entering Formula 1. But the last step is the most difficult"Zhou said at the time.