Zhou Guanyu is hopeful that Alfa Romeo have found the answer to their previous performance struggles after a strong showing in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Promoted to eighth place and collecting four valuable points after Fernando Alonso was penalised for weaving on the penultimate lap, this is the first time the Chinese driver has seen the chequered flag since his debut in Bahrain, where he finished 10th.
"I feel like it's what's been missing for the last few rounds and finally we got to finish and, in the points, so yeah today, my side obviously did everything correct, on the track and with the pit-stop," he told Sky Sports F1.
Like all rookies, Zhou is learning more and more with every race, even if he is only taking baby steps and not giant leaps and bounds.
However, he did take one big step on Saturday and that was making it into Q3 in changeable conditions, ahead of his more experienced teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who finished one place behind in 11th.
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Zhou pleased with the end result in Canada
Even though the positions were reversed in the race and Bottas went on to finish one place ahead after his teammate was stuck behind Lance Stroll for much of the 70-lap race, Zhou has declared himself happy with the weekend overall.
“The race was very good the only part that was a little bit frustrating was being behind Lance," he continued.
"It was impossible to overtake, so we were stuck there for some time. But yeah, all happy with the weekend and [we could] keep the focus on. It's a good place to be.
"I'm just happy that my first time here to get points because it's not easy. It's a street circuit and half the time you have to be close to the wall.
"My first time driving these cars here was pretty intense, but I'm quite happy with obviously with how I approached the weekend. [It's my] best finish yet in Formula 1, so it's a pretty good weekend for me at least."
Zhou sits 16th on the leaderboard with five points to his name.
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