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Zhou confirmed at Alfa Romeo for 2024

Zhou confirmed at Alfa Romeo for 2024

Zhou confirmed at Alfa Romeo for 2024

Alfa Romeo announced today that their driver lineup for the 2024 Formula 1 season will remain unchanged with Zhou Guanyu confirmed alongside Valtteri Bottas.

The only Chinese driver in F1, Zhou has recently admitted that he is targeting to remain within the sport with Alfa Romeo, claiming talks were undergoing to extend his contract, while teammate Bottas  already had a valid contract through 2024.

And indeed, on the eve of the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo announced that Zhou will remain with them for 2024, meaning the Alfa Romeo driver will be able to race in front of his home fans when the Chinese Grand Prix returns to the F1 calendar next year.

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Zhou commented on his new contract with Alfa Romeo, he said: “Signing again with the team is always a great feeling, especially when we know how things are shaping up.

“I am proud to be part of Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake and grateful for their trust: I have been working extremely hard since day one and there is an incredible level of motivation to keep doing so every day forward. My relationship with Valtteri is really good, and we are working closely together and with the team to push everyone forward.

“I am also very excited about the opportunity to finally race with my team in China, in front of my home crowd. It will be a great moment and I’m proud to be able to share it with all those who have supported me,” the 24-year-old concluded.

Zhou made his F1 debut with Alfa Romeo in 2022, his best result with the team is his eighth place at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix.

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With Bottas already Alfa Romeo also confirmed Formula 2 driver Theo Pourchaire will remain as the team’s reserve driver for 2024.

Bottas commented: “I have a feeling we have an exciting journey ahead of us, so I am happy and grateful to be able to look forward to 2024 knowing how the team is shaping up.

“There is a good atmosphere within our squad, I get along with Zhou and we both push each other hard to improve. There is an impressive amount of work going on behind the scenes, in Hinwil and beyond, and now that the line-up is set for next year, we can focus fully on improving, starting this weekend in Singapore already.

“Every step forward we make is a step forward for this year and next, so we are motivated to give everything we have every time we’re trackside or at the factory,” the Finn concluded.

Pourchaire added: “Over the years, the team has become a family to me and, therefore, I am really happy and grateful to continue my journey with Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake and the Sauber Academy.

“The support I have received from everyone in the team has been outstanding, and I’m proud to be able to contribute to the growth of the whole operation. I have a lot in me I can give to this special group of people and I’m looking forward to the future.

“Of course, a great way to say thank you would be to finish the job in F2 in Abu Dhabi – I’ll give everything to bring it home for the team,” the Frenchman concluded.

Unchanged driver lineup testament of Alfa Romeo’s investment

Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Representative, reflected on Alfa Romeo’s 2024 driver lineup: “The decision to continue our journey with our driver line-up unchanged is testament to the investment we have made in our project.

“Nothing in Formula One changes overnight, and we have taken a conscious decision to focus on stability and to keep building our team up together as we embark on an important period of transition.

“Valtteri and Zhou are drivers of known talent and skill and they work really well together: they are well-matched and can push each other.

“Valtteri has taken a real leader’s role within the team, pushing us all to give our best; Zhou has made impressive steps forward in the last two years and we expect him to continue on this trajectory in 2024. Now the baton is back to us – we have to give both drivers a good car and put them in the best conditions to perform.

“Finally, I am happy that Théo will remain with the team for 2024 as one of our reserve drivers: he has done an incredible job this year, not just in F2, where we will all support him as he fights for the title in Abu Dhabi, but also behind the scenes, working with the team in Hinwil,” Alunni Bravi concluded.