Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu signs new contract at Alfa Romeo to keep him on Formula 1 grid for 2023

Baku, September 27, AZERTAC

Zhou Guanyu has signed a new deal with Alfa Romeo to keep him on the Formula 1 grid for the 2023 season, according to Sky Sports.
Zhou, the first full-time Chinese driver in F1 history, joined the sport as a rookie this year and has impressed Alfa Romeo alongside experienced race-winning team-mate Valtteri Bottas to earn a new contract.
His renewal closes another door in the driver market, with now only three seats - at Alpine, Haas and Williams - officially available.
"I think the team is very satisfied with everything I was able to do and I'm happy with the job I was able to do this season," Zhou told Sky Sports F1. "Looking forward to have many more to come together."
Zhou said he is only on a one-year deal but hopes to improve further in 2023 to keep his seat.
"We have to see where my performance is, it's a little bit similar to this year," he said. "It's normal, but also a bit of pressure. I like to have pressure, you can't take time off to be relaxed.
"I'm always trying to push myself, and I think like this year and I'm able to do the job, why not have more [years] in the future."
Zhou is 11-6 down to Bottas, who joined from Mercedes after five years alongside Lewis Hamilton, in the qualifying head to heads, while he has scored six points to his team-mate's 46. But Bottas was always expected to be the team leader given Zhou's inexperience at the pinnacle of motorsport.

Sports 2022-09-27 18:43:00