Guanyu Zhou has spoken of his pride at becoming the first Chinese driver to make it into Formula 1, with the 22-year-old confirmed at Romeo for next season.
Zhou will replace the departing Antonio Giovinazzi and, after racing in Formula 2 since 2019, is delighted to be making the step up to represent his country at the highest level in motorsport.
"I dreamt from a young age of climbing as high as I can in a sport that I am passionate about and now the dream has come true," Zhou beamed in the wake of the announcement.
"To be the first-ever Chinese driver in Formula 1 is a breakthrough for Chinese motorsport history. I know a lot of hopes will be resting on me and, as ever, I will take this as motivation to become better and achieve more."
Learning as quickly as possible
Zhou is also looking forward to learning alongside proven race winner Valtteri Bottas.
"It is a privilege for me to start my Formula 1 racing career with an iconic team, a team that has introduced so much young talent into Formula 1 in the past," he added.
"I feel well prepared for the immense challenge of Formula 1, the pinnacle of my sport, alongside a proven, world-class talent in Valtteri Bottas.
"Next year the target will be to learn as much as possible and as quickly as possible."
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