Formula One, the top international racing league, has a new hero: 22-year-old Guanyu Zhou, who recently became their first-ever Chinese driver.
Zhou, who has been racing since he was a kid, has spent the last few years in lower racing leagues like Formula Four, Formula Two and Formula Three.
But in November 2021, Zhou made history when the Formula One team Alfa Romeo announced his signing — making him the first-ever Chinese driver in F1 history.
For the world of auto racing, which has been criticized for its lack of diversity, this news came as a breakthrough moment — no doubt inspiring young racers in Asia and around the world.
“From being a kid who knows nothing about racing to now sitting in a car in the Grand Prix, it’s quite special,” says Zhou.
But for Zhou, this historical moment is just the beginning. Now, he’s hoping to inspire other young drivers to achieve incredible things.
“My advice for young drivers around the world [is that] if you have a dream … then try to chase it. But you know, the dream is always 10 times harder than you think,” says Zhou. “You have to always trust yourself. Just never give up.”
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