Guanyu Zhou is officially the first Chinese F1 driver

SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Guanyu Zhou of China and UNI-Virtuosi Racing prepares to drive during the feature race of Round 6:Sochi of the Formula 2 Championship at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2021 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alex Grimm - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)
Alex Grimm - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images

Guanyu Zhou will become the first Chinese F1 driver. Zhou will replace Antonio Giovinazzi, who spent three consecutive seasons with Alfa Romeo. In addition, Zhou joins Yuki Tsunoda and Alexander Albon as Asian drivers on the grid.

Zhou was a part of the Formula 2 championship and finished second in the standings. On the other hand, Alfa Romeo did not announce whether Zhou joined the team on a multi-year contract.

“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. It is a privilege for me to start my Formula 1 racing career with an iconic team that has introduced so much young talent into Formula 1 in the past. Now the dream is reality.”

“To be the first ever Chinese driver in Formula 1 is a breakthrough for Chinese motorsport 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.”

Guanyu Zhou

Giovinazzi hints that Zhou joined Alfa Romeo because of money

Despite solid performances this season, Antonio Giovinazzi lost a seat in Alfa Romeo. According to Giovinazzi, money influences decisions in Formula 1. As the first Chinese driver, Zhou will bring a lot of sponsors and money to Alfa Romeo.

“The F1 is talent, car, risk, speed. But she also knows how to be ruthless, when money dictates the rules. I believe in small and large victories achieved thanks to one’s own means. This was my first photo on an F1, the last one has not yet been taken.”

Antonio Giovinazzi

Formula 1 is undoubtedly happy that Zhou will expand the sport to the Chinese market. In addition to the good financial numbers this season, Formula 1 is increasingly growing globally.

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