Alfa Romeo has handed Zhou Guanyu a new deal that will keep China’s first full-time F1 driver with the team in 2023, alongside Valtteri Bottas.
The 23-year-old got off to a good start by scoring a point on his Bahrain debut and then two more points, in Canada and the Italian Grand Prix.
Alfa Romeo says he has been impressed with his “dedication and attitude” as he has “displayed “levels of maturity and racing prowess that belie his young age”.
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The strong relationship built with teammate Bottas – who has a multi-year contract – also played a role in Alfa Romeo’s choice to give Zhou a second season.
“I look forward to continuing to work with Zhou,” said Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.
“From day one with the team, during the Abu Dhabi test last year, he impressed me with his way of working and this is always a very positive trait. We knew he was fast, but the way he adapted to Formula 1 in such a short time was one of the best surprises of our season.
“He is a very nice guy, everyone on the team loves both his personality and his attitude. He has had the humility to ask questions and learn, both from the engineers and from Valtteri, and the intelligence to digest all the information he got to apply to improve race after race.
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“He will have this experience to draw from next season and I am sure he will take another step forward as we continue to grow our team.”
Zhou added: “I am happy and grateful to the Alfa Romeo F1 Team for the opportunity to be part of the team for another season.
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“Making it into Formula 1 was a dream come true and the feeling of racing in a race for the first time will stay with me forever: the team has supported me incredibly, welcomed me from day one and helped me to adaptable to the most complex series. in motorsport.
“There is more I want to achieve in this sport and with the team, and the hard work we have put in since the beginning of the year is just the first step towards where we want to be next season.
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“There is still a lot to learn, a lot to develop, but I am confident in our work: I look forward to the next chapter of our story together.”
Zhou has scored six points so far this season, compared to Bottas’ 46 points, but it is felt internally the number would be much higher had he not suffered a series of mechanical problems.
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