There appear to be two contenders for the Alfa Romeo seat alongside Valtteri Bottas in 2023. Bottas teammate seat has appeared to become a two-way fight.
Already, many drivers shifting has happened. The 2023 ‘silly season’ is unpredictable and we can’t say for sure what can or not happen after the Alpine-Piastri-McLaren drama.
Zhou Guanyu made his debut with Alfa Romeo this season. The Chinese rookie is having a fairly decent season so far.
However, the 23-year-old driver is yet to get a contract extension for 2023 – although the team says they are impressed by the Chinese’ performance.
Moreover, a new prospect is coming up. Sauber team’s own junior driver, Theo Pourchaire is making some incredible progress in the F2 season. The Frenchman is running 2nd in the title fight.
Managing Director of the Sauber Motorsport Frédéric Vasseur has assured that the 18-year-old will be making an appearance in a free practice session or tyre testing this season too.
Zhou Guanyu, on the other hand, said about his future prospects, talking to a Dutch publication:
“I haven’t spoken to any team yet, I feel like I have already proven myself as a fast driver, now I have to show that I can perform consistently.”
Meanwhile, Theo has already said that he will not be competing in another F2 season next year. He might be looking at the prospects in Formula 1.
“This is my last season in Formula 2, that’s for sure,”
he told a racing portal.
“If I don’t go into Formula 1, I don’t know what I’ll do. I haven’t thought about that with my team,”
Zhou Guanyu said, adding that he expects to have “several options”.
“I don’t want to think about F1 at the moment. It remains a dream to me. At the moment I don’t even know if I’ll be used in a free practice session, but that’s a good thing because then I’ll stay focused on this season. The rest will take care of itself.”
So, who will Valtteri Bottas find alongside him for the upcoming season? Who will be Valtteri Bottas teammate? Will Guanyu continue or Theo get a chance? We will get to know about it soon.
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