Fred Vasseur: Zhou Guanyu ‘one of the best surprises of our season’

Zhou Guanyu climbs into his car. Hungary July 2022

Initially signed as a stop-gap as Alfa Romeo waited for Theo Pourchaire, such has been Zhou Guanyu’s “surprise” form that Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur has retained him for a second season.

Zhou joined the Formula 1 grid this season and while it was never publicly said, it was widely speculated that he’d have one season with the team before Formula 2 driver Pourchaire replaced him.

The Sauber-backed junior was being billed as the team’s future but with Vasseur wanting to give the teenager a second season in F2 to mature as a driver.

It has instead been Zhou who has risen to the challenge.

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