Guanyu Zhou has not decided to stay at Alfa Romeo F1 in 2023, but says he is not yet worried about being left without a racing seat.
Zhou Guanyu, who made his debut as the first Chinese F1 driver this year, says Alfa Romeo F1 is ‘very proud’ of his performance, but the Sauber-run F1 team will see Zhou Guanyu team up with Valtteri Bottas in 2023. We haven’t confirmed that we are together yet.
“This is my first year in F1, so the team is analyzing my performance,” said 23-year-old Guanyu Zhou.
“But the feedback is encouraging and the team is very happy with the work I’ve done. I’m happy to work with them. I really enjoy working with them.”
However, Guanyu Zhou’s one-year contract expires at the end of the season.
When asked about the contract extension, Zhou Guan-yu said, “I have not received anything yet.”
Some insiders expected Alfa Romeo F1 to use the opportunity of the recent F1 Italian Grand Prix to announce Zhou Guanyu’s 2023 contract.
Asked why it didn’t happen, Guanyu Zhou told El Mundo Deportivo, “Well, it’s because it hasn’t been decided yet.”
“We have a plan and we need to make a contract decision depending on the feedback. At the moment we are talking about the future and everything looks promising, but we have to wait.”
But despite the uncertainty, Zhou Guanyu insists he is on track with his ultimate goal of one day fighting to become world champion.
“That’s what this job is all about,” said Zhou Guanyu.
“In the first year my goal was to learn and improve my skills, but there will come a time when you want to fight for the podium and not just score points.”
“I’d love to be in that position one day, but right now I’m trying to get things right in the first few years before I take that step.”
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