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BREAKING: Guanyu Zhou to remain with Alfa Romeo in 2023

Guanyu Zhou secures his place with Alfa Romeo on the 2023 grid, leaving three vacant places on the F1 grid

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Guanyu Zhou secured another year in Formula 1 as he extended his contract to 2023 with Alfa Romeo.

During his first season in F1, the Chinese has worked well with Alfa Romeo, with minimal mistakes and great guidance from Valtteri Bottas. He has helped to unleash some of the potentials in the Alfa Romeo C42 and has also done a lot of great work on the simulator. He has earned himself six points so far in F1 with six races to go.

This leaves three places left on the Formula One grid for 2023.

Zhou Guanyu’s Comments

Zhou Guanyu – whose 23-years-old – said: “I am happy and grateful to Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN for the opportunity to be part of the team for another season. Making it to Formula One was a dream come true and the feeling of competing for the first time in a race will live with me forever: the team has been incredibly supportive, welcoming me from day one and helping me adapt to the most complex series in motorsport.

“There is more that I want to achieve in this sport and with the team, and the hard work we have put together since the start of the year is just the first step towards where we want to be next season. There is still a lot to learn, a lot to develop but I am confident in our work: I am looking forward to the next chapter of our story together.”

Frederic Vasseur’s comments

Alfa Romeo Team Principal, Frederic Vasseur, said: “I am looking forward to continuing working with Zhou. From day one with the team, at the Abu Dhabi test last year, he has impressed me with his approach to work and this is always a very positive trait. We knew he was quick, but the way he adapted to Formula One in such a short time has been one of the best surprises of our season.

“He is a very nice guy, everyone in the team likes both his personality and attitude. He has had the humility to ask questions and learn, from the engineers as well as Valtteri, and the intelligence to apply all the information he got to improve race after race. He will have this experience to draw on next season, and I am sure he will make another step forward as we continue to grow our team.”

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