The first ever Formula One race driver from China, Zhou is a trailblazer who will write a pivotal page of his country’s motorsport history. His path to Formula One is one of dedication and commitment, without a direct role model to set the path but with steadfast confidence in his own abilities and the unwavering support of his family.
Climbing the ladder
Having experienced success at all levels of racing in his career, Zhou, 22, has been on the radar of most F1 teams for some time. He finished second in Italian F4 in 2015, before racking up race victories in Euro F3 and F2, Formula One’s feeder series. 2021, in particular, has been a breakthrough year for the driver, who finished in third place in the standings in F2 after mounting a challenge for the title up to the final event of the season.
Ready for the debut
In Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN, Zhou joins a team with heritage and tradition, completing a highly-competitive line-up alongside Valtteri Bottas: this combination of youth and experience will be ready to push the team forward at a time in which the sport embraces a completely new set of regulations and all teams start their quest for glory from scratch.