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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 14: Guanyu Zhou of China and Alfa Romeo Racing prepares to drive in the garage during Formula 1 testing at Yas Marina Circuit on December 14, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Guanyu Zhou Could Not Have Had a Better Teammate Than Bottas

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Guanyu Zhou made headlines when it was confirmed that he will become China’s first ever full-time Formula One driver. The Chinese finished third in Formula Two in 2021, and during that season, Alfa Romeo knocked on his door with an available seat for 2022.

Along with Zhou, Valtteri Bottas will be occupying the other seat, after five years driving for Mercedes. Zhou admitted that Bottas is a great teammate to have in a rookie year. He also spoke about his ambitions in Formula One for this season and what he hopes for with Alfa Romeo.

The 22-year old said, “For a rookie, there is no better option than to have Bottas as your teammate in your first season. If I’m going to beat him, I know I need to work very hard and adapt very quickly to the whole of F1, and to the new car, from the very beginning. But I think what’s more important is that he can help me get through the learning curve. He is a very open driver. He shares his information and discusses with the team and with me, which is a very helpful point.

“After all, he’s had so many podiums and wins in F1. Among all the drivers, there are only a few who can outqualify Hamilton, and he is one of them. I think he’s a great reference and a very strong teammate. I hope to improve together with him next year.”

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Driving the Alfa Romeo will be no easy feat for Zhou but he is determined to bring the team some points to celebrate about, but at the same time he remains realistic.

He furtheron said, “First of all, I set a small goal to get points. I don’t know how competitive the car will be next season. We need to wait until the beginning of the season to get a clear picture. Personally, I would like to get points. But at the beginning of the season, I won’t be thinking if it will be achievable at the first two races; just not to have too much pressure.

“I want to enjoy racing in F1, to learn from my teammate and the engineers, and improve myself in all aspects. When I make improvement in all areas, the results will then naturally come.”

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