Guanyu Zhou is the trailblazer that will put China on the Formula 1 map… from Shanghai to Sheffield, Alfa Romeo’s 2022 recruit is a disciple of Kobe Bryant and channels his ‘Mamba Mentality’ (and he will even wear the Lakers icon’s 24 in his rookie year)

If Guanyu Zhou is a student of sport he will know the power that comes with being a trailblazer. Alfa Romeo seem to have a habit of Formula One firsts, too. While Zhou will make history as the first Chinese driver in an F1 race in Bahrain, Ma was the first Chinese driver to participate in an F1 session, having taken part in Friday practice at the 2012 Italian Grand Prix. For Alfa Romeo, Zhou is akin to a lottery win, with the Chinese driver expected to deliver £20m in sponsorships. ‘At training, he was the first one there and the last one to finish. ‘It’s good for Formula 1 in general, for China, and for Zhou.’.

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