Zhou failed to show ‘giant step’ at Alfa Romeo

In summary, Zhou Guanyu believes the progress he’s made in his first season as a Formula 1 driver has been obscured by Alfa Romeo’s waning form.


Zhou is confident he made a ‘big step’ in the rookie season

Alfa Romeo rookie driver Zhou says he’s made a “big step” in his first 16 races in Formula 1 as a driver.

Zhou is currently 17th in the drivers’ standings after claiming the team’s first point in seven races at Monza. He feels he is driving better than at the start of the season but that Alfa Romeo has fallen behind his rivals in the development race, preventing him from demonstrating his improvement behind the wheel.

“It’s a bit of a shame just because I made a big step during the season, I think from Montreal,” Zhou said. “But then the other teams took a bigger step in terms of upgrades, so we were a bit behind in terms of performance and we couldn’t show it.

“I would have [done] maybe earlier in the season that we could have even more points for the team. Now I just have to give it my all every weekend.”

Electric Junior Series has free space for 2023

ERA, the first international electric-powered junior single-seater series, has announced a Next Gen Racer competition that will reward a driver with a vacancy in the 2023 season of the series.

The championship, which started this year after several delays but has only held one race at Zolder, will host several days of testing at France’s Pau-Arnos circuit in November. Riders have to pay to take part and after their qualities on and off the track are assessed, a winner will be selected who will receive a contract for 2023 covering the full season and pre-season testing.

The runners-up in the competition have the chance to become reserve drivers for the series. ERA has yet to announce its 2023 calendar.

F3 champion Victor Martins wants to stay with Art GP for the F2 step

Formula 3 champion Victor Martins is targeting promotion to Formula 2 in 2023 with the same Art Grand Prix team he won his title with this year.

“I did what I had to do this year,” Martins said. “It’s true that I made mistakes, but I think I’m a driver who will improve immediately afterwards, who realizes that sometimes you don’t work well,” he said.

“I have the feeling that I am fully prepared for Formula 2. I believe in myself, I believe in art this year. I hope to be in F2 and I know I’ll have a chance to do great things there.”

The young Alpine driver says it was partly the French team’s decision that he spend a second year in Formula 3. “They put me in the right category, on the right team, with the right people, every time,” he said. Martins believes he is now “in a good position” for Alpine to send him into F2 with a top team, with his personal preference being Art GP.

“If I have the right attitude and do a good job during the winter break and go into Formula 2, I see no reason why I shouldn’t be able to do it [Alpine F1] place in the future,” he added.

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