He has only finished in the points in two races in 2022 and he has suffered four retirements, but Zhou Guanyu looks likely to retain his race seat in an Alfa Romeo Formula One car according to a story that appeared in Autosport Magazine on Wednesday.
The rookie is partnered with Valtteri Bottas who has acquired 46 World Championship points courtesy of seven top-ten finishes. It puts him 41 points adrift of his stablemate. However, team chief Frederic Vasseur has indicated the Chinese driver will remain with the Swiss team in 2023.
“We had some targets at the beginning to go into Q2, to score points in the season and so on, and he is ticking all the boxes,” Vasseur told Autosport. “So far he [Guanyu] did Q2 at the first race and he scored a point in Bahrain.”
“Then he was able to improve step by step, even though we had on all sides some issues with reliability. We didn’t tell him, but I am more than pleased that he scored points in Montreal because he deserved it. And so far, he’s doing a perfect job.”
Take 6/1 About Either Alpha to Fail First
A strong performance in the French Grand Prix this weekend would help the 23-year-old keep his position in the team, but will he get one? Temperatures are set to soar at Circuit Paul Ricard on Sunday and that could be bad news for his machinery.
Ferrari powered cars – like Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo – have repeatedly shown a dislike for hot conditions this season and 9/1 about him being the first to retire on Sunday has the look of an overpriced proposition.
Bet365 are offering 6/1 about either of the Alfa Romeo’s retiring first and that too has appeal despite Valtteri Bottas coming with the tag, ‘Mr Reliable’. The Finn has suffered two retirements during the current season. Neither were his fault but statistically, given that hot weather, he is due another one.