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SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 09: Zhou Guanyu of China and Alfa Romeo F1 and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Alfa Romeo F1 talk on from the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka International Racing Course on October 09, 2022 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Alfa Romeo seek points in Mexico as Zhou races here for the first time

Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu can't wait to get racing around Mexico

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After a disappointing weekend for Alfa Romeo in Austin, Bottas and Zhou are looking forwards to Mexico.

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Zhou Guanyu at the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this year, in his first appearance for Alfa Romeo. Image Credit: Ozan Kose via Getty Images

Zhou Guanyu will be racing in Mexico for the first time in his Formula One career this weekend with Alfa Romeo. His rookie season so far has been impressive, but not without some ups and downs. After suffering a crash at Silverstone and several weekends with no points. But this weekend, he’s on the hunt:

Reported by The Checkered Flag, he said:

“It will be important to adapt quickly to the track and to its peculiar conditions, to be at the top of our game from the start of the weekend and carry on the momentum into the race.”

Zhou’s journey with Alfa Romeo

Although we’re nearing to the end of the season, Zhou still has plenty of time to prove his talent in Formula One with Alfa Romeo. He’s certainly keen to get going in Mexico for the first time too. It’s essential that Zhou gets to grips with the Mexico track quickly. It’s important for Alfa Romeo to score some points this weekend if they want to secure a strong position in the midfield. 

Speaking on his first time in Mexico. Zhou shared:

“I’ve always wanted to race here in Mexico, and I can’t wait to finally be on track, yet another one for me to properly get to know. The atmosphere and the fans’ passion for the sport seem great, and I’m looking forward to experiencing that this week.”

Bottas seeking points for Alfa Romeo

Team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, is also looking forward to driving in Mexico, as it’s, “one of the most energetic races on the calendar”. Alfa Romeo will be debuting two new drivers this year, as neither have driven with the team in Mexico before. Bottas is looking to score some points too after a disappointing trend of scoring outside of them recently.

Bottas currently sits P10 in the Drivers Standings, with Sebastian Vettel just eight points shy of him. After Vettel’s impressive performance in Austin, perhaps Bottas should be keeping an eye on the field behind him.

Bottas has achieved three podiums in Mexico in the past, all with his previous team, Mercedes. He knows the track well, but will he get a top 10 finish like he hopes? 

It’s not only the Drivers Standings in which Aston Martin are looming over the shoulders of Alfa Romeo. In the Constructors Standings, Aston Martin are one point behind Alfa Romeo. So the next three races are all to play for for both teams, but who will come out on top? 

Featured Image Credit: Dan Istitene via Getty Images 

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