Guanyu Zhou Biography – Guanyu Zhou Wiki
Guanyu Zhou is a Chinese racing driver. In November 2021, Alfa Romeo announced that UNI-Virtuosi title contender Guanyu Zhou will drive for the team in the 2022 Formula 1 season, making him the ninth graduate in just five seasons. Replacing Antonio Giovinazzi, the 22-year-old will partner current Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas at the Italian side and become F1’s first ever Chinese driver.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Guanyu Zhou to Alfa Romeo Racing,” said team principal Frederic Vasseur. “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 1.
“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 is a historical brand and one that embodies the spirit of Formula 1 and we will do our utmost to make the experience of our sport a great one in China.”
Zhou 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.”
F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “The news Guanyu Zhou will be in F1 next season is fantastic for the sport and the millions of passionate Chinese fans that now have a home hero to cheer all year long. The pyramid in F2 is working and promoting talent to the topflight of motorsport.
“Zhou is an incredible talent, who will be a fantastic addition to the amazing grid we have, and he will entertain and keep all our Chinese fans excited in 2022.”
Born in Shanghai in 1999, Zhou took up karting at the age of eight and has since moved through the ranks, including three seasons in European F3, and is now in his third season in F2. He was a member of the Ferrari academy between 2014 and 2018.
Guanyu Zhou Sponsors
Guanyu Zhou became Formula 1’s first Chinese driver after signing to race for Alfa Romeo in 2022. He will take with him to Alfa Romeo a sizeable financial package said to be worth many millions of pounds. In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport, team principal Frederic Vasseur admitted that the financial side was a factor in signing Zhou.
Vasseur said the extra income Zhou brings to Alfa Romeo would mean that the team would be able to operate at F1’s cost cap next season (2022) – their budget is “massively” under the $145m (£114m) figure this year (2021), he said.
“In the end, our sponsors also want to be happy and develop their commitment to the future, and the financial side can’t be hidden,” Vasseur said. “The first Chinese driver in F1 – it’s mega news for us, for the company, for our sponsors and also for F1 in general. A team has to become sustainable at one stage. It is not just about the Chinese sponsors, it is about the exposure we will give to our current partners.
“F1 today is a bit tough. If you are not in the top two plus Ferrari, the exposure is very low and this is probably the best way we will have to move up the classification of exposure.”
Guanyu Zhou Age
He was born on 30 May 1999, in Shanghai, China.
Guanyu Zhou Parents – Guanyu Zhou Family
He has kept a low profile and little is known about his parents or family background.
Guanyu Zhou Height
He stands at a height of 5 feet and 9 inches (175 cm).
Guanyu Zhou Net Worth
Guanyu Zhou’s net worth has not been disclosed. Neither has that of his parents nor family.
Guanyu Zhou Nationality
He is of Chinese nationality and Asian ethnicity.
Guanyu Zhou Instagram
His Instagram handle is @gyzhou_33.