Zhou Guanyu to stick with Alfa Romeo in 2023

Alfa Romeo has confirmed Zhou Guanyu will keep on the workforce for the 2023 Method One season.

The rookie, China’s first F1 driver, has completed within the factors on three events this season, together with a tenth place end on his debut on the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Zhou has impressed the workforce together with his performances this 12 months. In its press launch confirming the contract extension, Alfa Romeo famous Zhou’s sturdy partnership with teammate Valtteri Bottas and his hard-working method to bettering behind the scenes.

An extension for Zhou had been anticipated for a while now.

“I’m trying ahead to persevering with working with Zhou,” workforce boss Frederic Vasseur stated. “From day one with the workforce, on the Abu Dhabi check final 12 months, he has impressed me together with his method to work and that is at all times a really optimistic trait.

“We knew he was fast, however the best way he tailored to Method One in such a short while has been the most effective surprises of our season. He’s a really good man, everybody within the workforce likes each his character and angle. He has had the humility to ask questions and be taught, from the engineers in addition to Valtteri, and the intelligence to use all the data he bought to enhance race after race.

“He may have this expertise to attract on subsequent season, and I’m positive he’ll make one other step ahead as we proceed to develop our workforce.”

It has been an eventful first F1 season for the 23-year-old.

Zhou walked away unhurt from an enormous crash on the British Grand Prix in July, the place his automotive slid the other way up after which flipped over a barrier on the Silverstone circuit.

Talking on his extension, Zhou stated: “I’m blissful and grateful to Alfa Romeo for the chance to be a part of the workforce for an additional season. Making it to Method One was a dream come true and the sensation of competing for the primary time in a race will reside with me eternally: the workforce has been extremely supportive, welcoming me from day one and serving to me adapt to probably the most complicated sequence in motorsport.

“There’s extra that I wish to obtain on this sport and with the workforce, and the onerous work we have now put collectively because the begin of the 12 months is simply step one in direction of the place we wish to be subsequent season. There’s nonetheless rather a lot to be taught, rather a lot to develop however I’m assured in our work: I’m trying ahead to the following chapter of our story collectively.”

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