“He gave me quite a lot of ideas”
Loopy about automobiles
Zhou’s curiosity in automobiles began at an early age. “Once I was 4 or 5, I already beloved toy automobiles, I all the time bought automobiles as a birthday current,” the 21-year-old driver informed France 24. “At some point I went to an indoor karting observe once I was seven and a half years outdated and that was the primary time I drove an actual kart. I completely beloved it.”
Zhou moved to Europe in 2012 for karting and began his motorsport profession in 2015 in Formulation 4. For the Prema Energy workforce, he instantly completed second within the championship. He attracted the eye of Ferrari and was a part of the junior programme from 2014 to 2018. In 2019, Zhou joined Renault the place he’s a take a look at and reserve driver.
Acquiring a Tremendous Licence
The objective for 2021 is obvious, to acquire his Tremendous Licence. “In order that I’m prepared when a seat is obtainable in F1, in order that I can seize that chance,” Zhou mentioned. He’s due to this fact near changing into the primary Chinese language Formulation One driver. “However the final step is the toughest, as a result of along with the tremendous licence, you additionally should have the power or the seat accessible to leap in.”
If Zhou does certainly handle to safe a seat in Formulation One, it can even have a huge impact on the recognition of the game in China. “The nation is supporting me to grasp my dream and in addition the dream of the Chinese language motorsport followers. It has occurred earlier than in China – when somebody achieves one thing good for the primary time, individuals begin following that sport rather more. Hopefully I might be that individual too.”
Studying from Alonso
Daniel Ricciardo’s departure to McLaren left a seat vacant at Renault for 2021, however that spot was stuffed by Fernando Alonso. Zhou is simply too pleased with the arrival of the two-time world champion and even calls the joint testing in Abu Dhabi invaluable. “He gave me quite a lot of ideas. Not simply in driving, it is extra the way you arrange the automotive, the way you handle the event of your battery throughout an extended race, the way you make a automotive carry out higher in qualifying.” We’ll see how far Zhou will go.