Guanyu Zhou ‘is set to become the first Chinese driver to race in Formula One with
Alfa Romeo keen to partner him with Valtteri Bottas’ amid uncertainty over Antonio
The 22-year-old from Shanghai is expected to be confirmed at Alfa Romeo next
Guanyu Zhou, has attracted the attention of Alfa Romeo having impressed in F2 this
season, where he currently sits second in the drivers’ standings. Zhou is part of the
Alpine young driver program, that opened the door for Alfa Romeo to swoop.
The Italian team have already confirmed Mercedes star Bottas their No 1 driver for
next year, replacing Kimi Raikkonen.
Their No 2 slot, currently occupied by Antonio Giovinazzi, is the only seat on the grid
not to be cemented and Zhou is reportedly expected to replace the Italian.
If he is signed by Alfa Romeo, Zhou will become only the second driver from
mainland China to get behind the wheel of a Formula One car, after Ma Quinghua
drove in five practice sessions across 2012 and 2013 with HRT and Caterham
Despite increasing pressure on his position, Giovinazzi, 27, has insisted that his focus
remains on winning as many points as possible for his team in the remaining eight
races this season.
‘To be honest, for now, I want to focus to keep this seat in Formula 1,’ Giovinazzi said
‘Then if in the worst case, I would start to think about next year. But for now, I just
want to focus on my job here in F1, and try to keep my seat.
‘The only thing I can do is just drive and get to more points and I hope that will be