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Guanyu Zhou

Zhou 'surprised' by track limits penalty: I was probably slower by going off

Zhou Guanyu admitted that he didn't anticipate receiving so many track limits warnings - and ultimately a penalty - during the Austrian Grand Prix.

Zhou Tsunoda
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Zhou Guanyu was left feeling "surprised" by the number of track limits warnings he received in the Austrian Grand Prix.

There were 43 separate track limits violations recorded by stewards during Sunday's Grand Prix, with Zhou Guanyu, Lando Norris, Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel all hit with five-second penalties for repeated offences.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen gave a damning verdict on the track limits rules at the Red Bull Ring, labelling them "a joke".

Zhou, who finished the event in 14th place, believes that while some penalties were fair, he was doubly punished in certain instances.

"To be honest, I knew I was off a couple of times," Zhou admitted to media, including RacingNews365.com.

"But some of the penalties I was actually quite surprised about, because I was behind Yuki [Tsunoda] and he was picking them up as well.

"I feel like very often when I went over the track limits I was probably slower. In those scenarios, I actually went off and lifted off.

"That's not ideal in this case. With the newer, bigger wheels the visibility is much lower than before."

Zhou: I couldn't switch on the tyres

It was a low-key race for the Alfa Romeo team, who finished 11th and 14th with Valtteri Bottas and Zhou respectively.

Bottas' race resulted in him urging the team to make improvements, whilst Zhou was frustrated by tyre warm-up issues.

"It wasn't the best weekend, but in the race I think the problem was just the Hard tyres, we just couldn't switch them on," added Zhou.

"For me, it was all degradation, and not getting any reward from it.

"If I was to go back, I would go back to the Medium tyres, because the Mediums we had on for 20 or 30 laps, [and] I felt we found the pace again we had in qualifying."

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