Zhou Guanyu named as nation's first F1 driver

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Zhou Guanyu named as nations first F1 driver(图1)
Zhou Guanyu, China's first F1 driver. 

Racing young gun Zhou Guanyu has made motor racing history after being named China's first Formula One driver.

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN announced on Tuesday the 22-year-old will join their team for the 2022 season, with the opening race scheduled for the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain on March 20.

Zhou's teammate at Alfa Romeo will be Finnish racing veteran Valtteri Bottas, 32, who currently drives for Mercedes-AMG Petronas alongside seven-time world F1 champion Briton Lewis Hamilton.

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Zhou Guanyu celebrates after winning the first leg of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in Pau, France, May 12, 2018. 

"Becoming an F1 driver has always been my dream, and I'm really excited to finally fulfill my dream. I want to thank all my fans who have been following my races and supporting me," Zhou told China Daily in an exclusive interview.

"I'm looking forward to the opening race of the next F1 season. Until then, I will continue to comprehensively improve. And I will learn from my teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who is a very experienced driver. I hope you can always support me and follow my first F1 season."

Alfa Romeo said they are confident about their team for next season. The sport will undergo major changes next year, with new car design rules introduced, especially in relation to aerodynamics, to encourage closer racing.

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Zhou Guanyu, left, celebrates on the podium during the Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race in Sochi, Russia, on Sept 27, 2020. 

"This combination of youth and experience will be ready to push Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN forward at a time in which the sport embraces a completely new set of regulations and all teams start their quest for glory from scratch," the team's announcement on Tuesday said.

"With a complete race driver lineup for 2022, the team is now ready to embark on this new era with confidence."

Frederic Vasseur, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN's team principal, is also confident Zhou has a promising future in F1, and he hopes Zhou's inclusion will help attract more Chinese fans to follow the team.

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