Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou takes the keys to his debut F1 season

In an interview this week, Gerry Vasseur, the president of the Formula One grand prix racing team, told Joseph Hanley that when they found out that Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou was taking a contract…

Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou takes the keys to his debut F1 season

In an interview this week, Gerry Vasseur, the president of the Formula One grand prix racing team, told Joseph Hanley that when they found out that Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou was taking a contract with them, “We would have never thought about taking a contract with a rookie.” He added, “It is exceptional for us to sign the first Chinese driver to a Formula One contract.”

China’s F1 team Alfa Romeo is just starting to gear up its debut season with the Italian team, and Zhou is considered by many experts a key to the team’s success and success of the sport in the region. Zhou, a native of Qingdao, China, began his racing career at 9-years-old after he was encouraged by his cousin, Gao Junfeng, who was a Formula One driver. Zhou then starred in several F3 races before he was granted a contract to compete in the 2011 Formula One Chinese GP. Zhou was then selected to join the Italian Formula One team last summer as one of the team’s 3 graduates, along with Simone Sassano, of Turin, Italy.

Zhou is officially in the driver’s seat for the Italian team’s debut season, which begins this month in Australia. He is coming off some of the best results of his career in 2014, having won two F3 races and finished second twice. The electric Chinese driver is now 21, but has already racked up a handful of wins and podiums.

Wondering how the relationship between Zhou and Zhou will work out for the team and the sport? Zhou and Vasseur recently sat down with Washingtonian for a live chat to discuss Zhou’s role in the team’s development and his plans for the new season.

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