New Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou hailed Valtteri Bottas ahead of his debut season, saying that he couldn’t have asked for a better teammate.

Zhou will become the first driver from China to race in F1. He will join Bottas at Alfa Romeo, who is also a new arrival at the team.

The teammates have already begun pre-season testing together and have struck up a friendship. The difference between the two couldn’t be starker, with one being a rookie while the other is a ten-time race winner.

Zhou hailed the experienced Bottas ahead of his debut season, saying that he was happy to have him as a teammate.

“For a rookie, there is no better option than to have Bottas as your teammate in your first season,” the driver from Shanghai said, as quoted by

“If I’m going to beat him, I know I need to work very hard and adapt very quickly to the whole of F1, and to the new car, from the very beginning.

“But I think what’s more important is that he can help me get through the learning curve. He is a very open driver. He shares his information and discusses with the team and with me, which is a very helpful point.

“After all, he’s had so many podiums and wins in F1. Among all the drivers, there are only a few who can outqualify (Lewis) Hamilton, and he is one of them.

Zhou: "Open" Bottas best teammate for rookie F1 year
Zhou (pictured) will make his F1 debut in 2022. Source:

“I think he’s a great reference and a very strong teammate. I hope to improve together with him next year.”


“First of all, I set a small goal to get points,” Zhou continued.

“I don’t know how competitive the car will be next season. We need to wait until the beginning of the season to get a clear picture.

“Personally, I would like to get points. But at the beginning of the season, I won’t be thinking if it will be achievable at the first two races; just not to have too much pressure.

“I want to enjoy racing in F1, to learn from my teammate and the engineers, and improve myself in all aspects. When I make improvement in all areas, the results will then naturally come.”

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