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Guanyu Zhou

Zhou reflects on 'pretty scary' moment in Monaco

Zhou Guanyu pulled off what looked like a very impressive save during the Monaco Grand Prix, but he admits that it didn't feel quite as good as it looked.

Zhou Monaco
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Zhou Guanyu admits that his close call during the Monaco Grand Prix felt "pretty scary", despite looking quite impressive from the outside.

The Alfa Romeo driver had been chasing down Yuki Tsunoda in the latter stages of the race when he very nearly lost control of his car going into the Nouvelle Chicane.

Zhou managed to save the moment, but joked on the radio that he needed "new pants" after the incident.

A "tough" race for Zhou in Monaco

With mixed weather affecting the Grand Prix, Zhou says that it was not easy to navigate the conditions.

"It was tough out there," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"That was probably one of the closest laps ever behind Yuki, so I really had to dive up the inside at the last minute, and, unfortunately, he tried to cover a little bit and then the moment I tried to avoid that, I hit the wet patch.

"That was just about [keeping] the car on track there."

After this, Zhou tried to pick up further positions, but ultimately ended the afternoon in P16.

When told that the save he had pulled off looked "cool", the Chinese driver responded: "It wasn't too cool in the cockpit, it was pretty scary!

"But it will be nice to have a look at the replay."

Zhou's debut race at Monaco in F1

With Zhou being the only rookie in the 2022 F1 field, the race marked his first at Monaco as a Formula 1 driver.

He admits that there was a noticeable difference in how it felt compared to racing at the circuit in F2.

"It's so much different," Zhou explained.

"The speed you are going around, and how much [more sensitive] the car is, you really have to have this experience and this confidence.

"That was a little bit missing, but obviously we shouldn't be starting last anyway, because it was [due to] the red flag.

"It was a tough one, I think one of the toughest but, overall, we experienced all different conditions."

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