Formula One First As Alfa Romeo Name Driver For 2022

The final seat on the Formula One grid has been announced and it’s a new name.

Alfa Romeo will have a boost of talent and youthful enthusiasm as Guanyu Zhou joins the team as race driver for the 2022 season.

The Chinese youngster is a multiple race winner in the FIA F2 Championship and will make his debut in Bahrain next season.

Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN driver for 2022 said: “I dreamt from a young age of climbing as high as I can in a sport that I am passionate about and now the dream has come true.

“It is a privilege for me to start my Formula 1 racing career with an iconic team, a team that has introduced so much young talent into Formula 1 in the past.

“Now the dream is reality. I feel well prepared for the immense challenge of Formula 1, the pinnacle of my sport, alongside a proven, world-class talent in Valtteri Bottas.

“I wish to thank the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team for this opportunity. Next year the target will be to learn as much as possible and as quickly as possible.

“To be the first ever Chinese driver in Formula 1 is a breakthrough for Chinese motorsport history.

“I know a lot of hopes will be resting on me and, as ever, I will take this as motivation to become better and achieve more.”

Trailblazer Zhou is the first ever Formula One race driver from China, who will be writing a pivotal page in his counties motorsports history.

Having experienced success at all levels of racing in his career, Zhou, 22, has been on the radar of most F1 teams for some time.

Finished second in Italian F4 in 2015, before racking up race victories in Euro F3 and F2, Formula One’s feeder series.

2021, in particular, has been a breakthrough year for the driver, who is currently in second place in the standings in F2 and is ready to mount a challenge for the title in the final two events of the season in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.


Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Guanyu Zhou to Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.

“He is a very talented driver, as his results in F2 have shown, and we are looking forward to helping his talent flourish even more in Formula One.

“We are proud of our line-up for 2022 and we are confident Zhou will form a very successful partnership with Valtteri.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming all the new Chinese fans who will join the team: Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN is a historical brand and one that embodies the spirit of Formula One and we will do our utmost to make the experience of our sport a great one in China.”

With Zhou joining the team current driver Antonio Giovinazzi will finish the 2021 season with Alfa Romeo.

Vasseur said: “Saying goodbye to a driver is never easy, especially so in the case of Antonio, who has been part of the team for so long.

“As we part ways, we will cherish the memories of the good times and learn lessons from the bad ones, knowing these moments all made us grow together as a team.

“We wish Antonio the best for his future after the 2021 season: before then, we still have three races to achieve some good results together and finish the year strongly.”

Zhou will join a team with heritage and tradition, completing a highly-competitive line-up alongside Valtteri Bottas: 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.

Guanyu Zhou, 2022 driver Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN: “I dreamt from a young age of climbing as high as I can in a sport that I am passionate about and now the dream has come true. It is a privilege for me to start my Formula 1 racing career with an iconic team, a team that has introduced so much young talent into Formula 1 in the past. Now the dream is reality. I feel well prepared for the immense challenge of Formula 1, the pinnacle of my sport, alongside a proven, world-class talent in Valtteri Bottas. I wish to thank the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team for this opportunity. Next year the target will be to learn as much as possible and as quickly as possible. To be the first ever Chinese driver in Formula 1 is a breakthrough for Chinese motorsport history. I know a lot of hopes will be resting on me and, as ever, I will take this as motivation to become better and achieve more.”