Zhou will turn into China’s first F1 race driver in 2022 after signing a contract to step up from F2 with the Alfa Romeo group.
The pair had their first expertise working collectively eventually yr’s post-season Abu Dhabi F1 tyre check.
Regardless of figuring out how good Bottas is after serving to Mercedes to a number of constructors’ championship titles, Zhou thinks being up in opposition to the Finn is a large plus for him.
“For a rookie, there is no such thing as a higher choice than to have Bottas as your team-mate in your first season,” stated Zhou throughout a current interview on social media.
“If I’ll beat him, I do know I must work very onerous and adapt in a short time to the entire of F1, and to the brand new automobile, from the very starting.
“However I believe what’s extra vital is that he can assist me get by the training curve. He’s a really open driver. He shares his data and discusses with the group and with me, which is a really useful level.
“In spite of everything, he is had so many podiums and wins in F1. Amongst all of the drivers, there are only some who can outqualify Hamilton, and he’s certainly one of them.
“I believe he is a fantastic reference and a really sturdy team-mate. I hope to enhance along with him subsequent yr.”
Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo Racing
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Zhou, who completed third in F2 final yr with 5 wins, has made the headlines in China since being confirmed to race in F1 final November.
Requested about his objective in his first F1 season, the 22-year-old made it clear that he’s decided to convey dwelling factors for his group.
“To start with, I set a small objective to get factors,” stated Zhou. “I do not know the way aggressive the automobile will probably be subsequent season. We have to wait till the start of the season to get a transparent image.
“Personally, I want to get factors. However firstly of the season, I will not be considering if it will likely be achievable on the first two races; simply to not have an excessive amount of stress.
“I wish to get pleasure from racing in F1, to study from my team-mate and the engineers, and enhance myself in all features.
“Once I make enchancment in all areas, the outcomes will then naturally come.”