Zhou: Intense Pressure has Prepared Me for F1

Zhou: Intense Pressure has Prepared Me for F1

It was time for Guanyu Zhou to close the chapter on his time in FIA Formula 2, achieving his 10th podium in 2021 with a second-place finish in the Abu Dhabi Feature Race.

Following three seasons in the championship, five victories and 20 podiums, the UNI-Virtuosi driver is moving on to pastures new, becoming the first full-time Chinese driver in F1 next year with Alfa Romeo.

Zhou’s rollercoaster season saw him lead the championship until the fourth round in Silverstone. However, a succession of mixed performances meant both PREMAs of Oscar Piastri and Robert Shwartzman jumped him in the drivers’ standings, to finish a career-best third overall.

When asked what the biggest lesson he’d take from this year would be, he replied:

“The way dealing with all the pressures because this year has been super intense, especially during the mid-season.

“It’s been incredibly hard for me to explore all my potential during the last few rounds. I had a lot of pressure on my shoulders and to have to find a way to explore and exploit everything I had.

“I think next year, the pressure will be even higher than this year but what I can take back is all this experience from F2, as well as the way I work together with the team.”

The challenges this season have left a lasting mark on the 22-year-old, preparing him to manage the responsibility that come with stepping up to the pinnacle of motorsport.

“That’s the biggest part in the Formula 1 world is how the driver works together with the team and can move forward together. I think I’m ready for the challenge ahead, I’m really looking forward to it as well.”

We’ll be wishing Zhou all the best of luck for the future!

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