Nov 16, 2021

Formula 1: Guanyu Zhou becomes first Chinese driver after signing for Alfa Romeo

The move means all F1 teams have confirmed driver line-ups for 2022.Why have Alfa signed Zhou?Zhou was part of the Ferrari driver academy from 2014-18, and moved to join Renault's young driver stable in 2019. Zhou brings significant financial boostVasseur 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 - their budget is "massively" under the $145m figure this year, he said. "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. Why did Alfa Romeo pick Bottas as team leader?Bottas was signed in early September, after Mercedes decided to sign George Russell as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate for next season. Alfa's difficult seasonAlfa Romeo are ninth of 10 teams in the constructors' championship with three races to go, but their performance has varied wildly from race to race - Giovinazzi qualified seventh and 10th in the Netherlands and Italy in early September, for example, but was 18th on the grid in the next two races in Russia and Turkey.

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