Chinese racing driver Zhou Guanyu has signed a new deal with Formula One team Alfa Romeo for the 2023 season, confirming his stay on the sport for another year.
Zhou, competing in F1 for the first season in 2022, has scored six points so far this season, but his team said he has impressed with his “commitment and attitude”, adding that he has displayed “levels of maturity and racecraft that belie his young age”.
“I am looking forward to continuing working with Zhou,” said Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
“From day one with the team, at the Abu Dhabi test last year, he has impressed me with his approach to work and this is always a very positive trait. We knew he was quick, but the way he adapted to Formula 1 in such a short time has been one of the best surprises of our season.
“He will have this experience to draw on next season, and I am sure he will make another step forward as we continue to grow our team.”
On his part, Zhou expressed his delight at being offered a new contract to continue competing in F1 at least for another year.
“Making it to Formula 1 was a dream come true and the feeling of competing for the first time in a race will live with me forever: the team has been incredibly supportive, welcoming me from day one and helping me adapt to the most complex series in motorsport,” the 23-year-old said.
“There is more that I want to achieve in this sport and with the team, and the hard work we have put together since the start of the year is just the first step towards where we want to be next season.
“There is still a lot to learn, a lot to develop but I am confident in our work: I am looking forward to the next chapter of our story together.”