Another former Rotax driver joins Formula 1

Guanyu Zhou has become Formula 1’s first Chinese driver after signing to race for Alfa Romeo in 2022. Alfa Romeo described the Formula 2 frontrunner as a “trailblazer who will write a pivotal page in his country’s motorsport history”. Zhou, 22, will partner Valtteri Bottas, signed from Mercedes after veteran Kimi Raikkonen decided to retire this year.

He replaces Antonio Giovinazzi, who has raced for Alfa since 2019 but now has no place on the F1 grid next year. Zhou, who is second in the F2 championship with three wins this season and two rounds still to go in Saudi Arabia next month, said: “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.
“I feel well prepared for the immense challenge of Formula 1, the pinnacle of my sport, alongside a proven, world-class talent in Valtteri Bottas.”