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Guanyu Zhou
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Driver Details
Nationality Flag of China Chinese
P.o.B. Flag of China Shanghai, China
D.o.B. 30 May 1999
D.o.D.
Début Flag of Bahrain 2019 Bahrain Feature Race
Best Finish 0 (7th 2019)
Formula Two Career
Entries 23 (23 Starts)
Wins 0
First Win
Poles 1
FLs 2
Podiums 5
Points 140
Former Teams Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi
Current Season
Team Flag of France DAMS
Number Standings Points
3 10th 4

Guanyu Zhou (周冠宇 in Chinese; born 30 May 1999), otherwise known as Zhou Guan Yu, is a Chinese racing driver who competes with DAMS in the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship.[1] Zhou made his F2 debut during the 2019 season having become a member of the Renault Sport Academy, after leaving the Ferrari Driver Academy the previous year.[2]

Zhou enjoyed a strong maiden F2 campaign with UNI-Virtuosi, finishing the season as the best rookie in the field and hence became the inaugural winner of the Anthoine Hubert Award.[3]

Background

Zhou began his career in karting, before graduating to the Italian F4 Championship in 2015, alongside a campaign in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship.[4] Second in the Italian F4 Series saw the Chinese youngster attract the attention of the Ferrari Driver Academy, with Zhou signed up for the 2016 season.[5] That season would see Zhou move into the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, as well as the Toyota Racing Series.[4]

Ferrari Fantasy

Zhou finished his maiden F3 campaign in thirteenth, and duly signed up for a second season on 2017.[4] The Chinese racer duly improved to eighth with a handful of podiums, before entering his third and final season in F3 in 2018.[4] Zhou duly claimed his first wins in F3 en-route to eighth for a second consecutive season, with Zhou opting to leave the series at the end of the season.[4]

Formula Two History

Zhou would get his first taste of a Formula 2 car at the 2018 Yas Marina Test, taking part with Russian Time alongside Luca Ghiotto.[6] He was duly signed by Russian Time's replacement/operators UNI-Virtuosi for the 2019 season, partnering Ghiotto for the full campaign.[7] The start to Zhou's maiden F2 campaign was a strong one, with the Chinese racer scoring fastest lap and tenth in the 2019 Bahrain Feature Race, before battling up to fourth in the Bahrain Sprint as teammate Ghiotto secured victory.[8]

Virtuosi Virtues: 2019

Zhou's first taste of the Baku City Circuit proved to be a problematic one, as he retired in the Feature race after colliding with Juan Manuel Correa, before failing to score in the Sprint.[9] He would, however, bounce back at the 2019 Barcelona Feature Race by scoring his maiden podium finish, having led the early and middle stages of the race after a strong start.[10] Another strong race followed in both the Barcelona Sprint and the Monaco Feature races, before Zhou once again battled to the podium in the 2019 Monaco Sprint Race, and would narrowly miss-out on a late fight for victory.[11]

Zhou's strong form continued into the following Le Castellet weekend, with the Chinese racer fighting for the podium in both races, although he would only secure a trip to the rostrum in the Sprint, after being mugged for second late-on by Correa.[12] Zhou featured less prominently at the Red Bull Ring round, finishing sixth and eight in those two races, before securing his maiden pole position for the 2019 Silverstone Feature Race.[13] Unfortunately for the Chinese racer his hopes of victory were demolished after early moves on him by Nicholas Latifi and teammate Ghiotto, although the Chinese racer would hold onto third after a late-race challenge from Sérgio Sette Câmara.[13]

After finishing eighth in the Silverstone Sprint, Zhou would round out the first part of the 2019 season with a pair of ninth place finishes at the Hungaroring.[14] After the abandonment and later cancellation of the Spa meeting as a result of the death of Anthoine Hubert, Zhou would retire from the Monza Feature, having fought for the lead with Callum Ilott at the start.[15] The Chinese racer duly responded with an excellent run to fourth in the 2019 Monza Sprint Race, making numerous overtakes late-on having preserved his tyres.[16]

A quieter weekend in Sochi followed, with Zhou securing a handful of points in both races.[17] At the season finale Zhou would challenge for victory in the 2019 Yas Marina Feature Race, having battled with Nobuharu Matsushita as they opted for an alternate tyre strategy throughout.[18] An eighth place finish in the final Sprint race of the season left Zhou in seventh in the Championship with 140 points.[19]

At the end of season awards event in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, the FIA and F2 announced the creation of the Anthoine Hubert Award, which was to be handed to the best rookie driver in each F2 season.[20] Zhou hence became the Award's maiden winner, made all the more poignant given their connection through the Renault Sport Academy.[20]

Sophmore Success?: 2020

Zhou was re-signed by Virtuosi for the 2020 season, taking over as lead driver alongside Callum Ilott for the full season.[1]

Post Formula Two Career

The Renault F1 Team announced that Zhou would serve as their test driver in Formula One for the 2020 Season, and would take part in at least two Free Practice sessions.[21]

Full Formula Two Record

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Guanyu Zhou's career in Formula Two in statistical form.

Formula Two Entries

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Guanyu Zhou during their F2 career:

Guanyu Zhou's Overall Formula Two Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2019 Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi[7] 7 Dallara F2 2018 7th 140
2020 Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi Racing[1] 3 Dallara F2 2018

Career Results

Below is a table showing Guanyu Zhou's full Formula Two record.

FIA Formula Two Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
2019 Flag of Bahrain Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Austria Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Russia Flag of the United Arab Emirates 7th 140
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
10th 4th Ret 10th 3rd 4th 5th 3rd 4th 3rd 6th 8th 3rd 8th 9th 9th CAN CAN Ret 4th 10th 5th 3rd 8th
2020 Flag of Austria Flag of Austria Flag of Hungary Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Spain Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag Unknown Flag Unknown Flag Unknown 10th 4
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
17th 14th

References

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'ROOKIE LEADER ZHOU RETAINED BY UNI-VIRTUOSI', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 28/01/2020), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2020/01_January/Rookie-leader-Zhou-retained-by-UNI-Virtuosi/, (Accessed 04/03/2020)
  2. 'GUANYU ZHOU JOINS THE RENAULT SPORT ACADEMY FOR 2019', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 22/01/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/01_january/Guanyu-Zhou-joins-the-Renault-Sport-Academy-for-2019/, (Accessed 13/05/2019)
  3. 'FORMULA 2 INTRODUCES THE ANTHOINE HUBERT AWARD', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 11/12/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/12_December/Formula-2-introduces-the-Anthoine-Hubert-Award/, (Accessed 13/03/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 'Guan Yu Zhou', driverdb.com, (DriverDB AB, 2019), https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/guan-yu-zhou-6527738/, (Accessed 13/05/2019)
  5. Paul Hensby, 'PREMA AND FDA LINK-UP AGAIN WITH ZHOU IN F3', thecheckeredflag.co.uk, (The Checkered Flag, 12/12/2016), https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2016/12/prema-fda-link-zhou-f3/m (Accessed 13/05/2019)
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Yas18TA
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jack Benyon, 'Zhou joins UNI-Virtuosi for 2019 F2 season', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 05/12/2018), https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/zhou-ferrari-academy-uni-virtuosi/4309028/, (Accessed 05/12/2018)
  8. 'GHIOTTO SPLITS STRATEGY FOR SPRINT WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 31/03/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/03_March/Ghiotto-splits-strategy-for-sprint-win-/, (Accessed 31/03/2019)
  9. 'NICHOLAS LATIFI SPRINTS TO BAKU WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 28/04/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/04_April/Nicholas-Latifi-sprints-to-Baku-win/, (Accessed 11/05/2019)
  10. 'LATIFI PLAYS THE LONG GAME TO SEAL FEATURE RACE WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 11/05/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/05_May/Latifi-plays-the-long-game-to-seal-Feature-Race-win/, (Accessed 11/05/2019)
  11. 'HUBERT HOLDS ON FOR PHOTO FINISH VICTORY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 25/05/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/05_May/Hubert-holds-on-for-photo-finish-victory-/, (Accessed 26/05/2019)
  12. 'HOME COMFORTS FOR ANTHOINE HUBERT IN LE CASTELLET', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 23/06/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/06_June/Home-comforts-for-Anthoine-Hubert-in-Le-Castellet-/, (Accessed 23/06/2019)
  13. 13.0 13.1 'GHIOTTO CAPTURES FIRST F2 FEATURE RACE WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 13/07/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/07_July/Ghiotto-captures-first-F2-Feature-Race-win/, (Accessed 19/07/2019)
  14. 'SCHUMACHER STORMS TO MAIDEN F2 VICTORY IN BUDAPEST', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 04/08/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/08_August/Schumacher-storms-to-maiden-F2-victory-in-Budapest/, (Accessed 06/03/2020)
  15. 'MATSUSHITA MASTERS MONZA FOR FEATURE RACE VICTORY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 07/09/2020), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/09_September/Matsushita-masters-Monza-for-Feature-Race-victory/, (Accessed 07/03/2020)
  16. 'AITKEN FIRES TO THIRD F2 WIN IN MONZA SPRINT', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 08/09/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/09_September/Aitken-fires-to-third-F2-win-in-Monza-Sprint/, (Accessed 07/03/2020)
  17. 'DEFENSIVE MASTERCLASS SEALS GHIOTTO VICTORY IN SOCHI SPRINT', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 29/09/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/09_September/Defensive-masterclass-seals-Ghiotto-victory-in-Sochi-Sprint/, (Accessed 08/03/2020)
  18. 'DAMS CROWNED TEAMS’ CHAMPIONS AS SETTE CÂMARA WINS IN ABU DHABI', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 30/11/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/11_November/DAMS-crowned-Teams-Champions-as-Sette-Camara-wins-the-Feature-Race-/, (Accessed 08/03/2020)
  19. 'GHIOTTO SPRINTS TO VICTORY IN FINAL RACE OF 2019', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 01/12/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/12_December/Ghiotto-Sprints-to-victory-in-final-race-of-2019--/, (Accessed 08/03/2020)
  20. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named AHA19A
  21. Elliot Wood, 'Guanyu Zhou promoted to Renault F1 test driver role', formulascout.com, (Formula Scout, 12/02/2020), http://www.formulascout.com/guanyu-zhou-promoted-to-renault-f1-test-driver-role/59613, (Accessed 12/02/2020)
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship
Entrants
ART Grand PrixBWT ArdenCampos RacingCarlinDAMSMP MotorsportPrema RacingSauber Junior TeamTridentUNI-Virtuosi
Manufacturers
DallaraMecachrome
Car/engine
Dallara F2 2018Mecachrome V634T 3.4l V6t
Drivers
1 Louis Delétraz • 2 Nobuharu Matsushita • 3 Nikita Mazepin • 4 Nyck de Vries • 5 Sérgio Sette Câmara • 6 Nicholas Latifi • 7 Guanyu Zhou • 8 Luca Ghiotto • 9 Mick Schumacher • 10 Sean Gelael • 11 Callum Ilott • 12 Juan Manuel Correa/Matevos Isaakyan • 14 Dorian Boccolacci/Arjun Maini/Marino Sato • 15 Jack Aitken • 16 Jordan King/Artem Markelov • 17 Mahaveer Raghunathan/Patricio O'Ward • 18 Tatiana Caldéron • 19 Anthoine Hubert • 20 Giuliano Alesi • 21 Ralph Boschung/Ryan Tveter/Dorian Boccolacci/Christian Lundgaard • 22 Artem Markelov
Races
Bahrain FeatureBahrain SprintBaku FeatureBaku SprintBarcelona FeatureBarcelona SprintMonaco FeatureMonaco SprintLe Castellet FeatureLe Castellet SprintRed Bull Ring FeatureRed Bull Ring SprintSilverstone FeatureSilverstone SprintHungaroring FeatureHungaroring SprintSpa FeatureSpa SprintMonze FeatureMonza SprintSochi FeatureSochi SprintYas Marina FeatureYas Marina Sprint
Tests
2018 Yas Marina Test2019 Jerez Test2019 Barcelona Test2019 Yas Marina Test
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Entrants
ART Grand PrixBWT HWA RacelabCampos RacingCarlinCharouz Racing SystemDAMSHitech Grand PrixMP MotorsportPrema RacingTridentUNI-Virtuosi Racing
Manufacturers
DallaraMecachrome
Car/engine
Dallara F2 2018Mecachrome V634T 3.4l V6t
Drivers
1 Sean Gelael2 Dan Ticktum3 Guanyu Zhou4 Callum Ilott5 Marcus Armstrong6 Christian Lundgaard7 Yuki Tsunoda8 Jehan Daruvala9 Jack Aitken10 Guilherme Samaia11 Louis Delétraz12 Pedro Piquet14 Nobuharu Matsushita15 Felipe Drugovich16 Artem Markelov17 Giuliano Alesi20 Mick Schumacher21 Robert Shwartzman22 Roy Nissany23 Marino Sato24 Nikita Mazepin25 Luca Ghiotto
Races
Red Bull Ring FeatureRed Bull Ring SprintSpielberg FeatureSpielberg SprintHungaroring FeatureHungaroring SprintSilverstone FeatureSilverstone SprintAnniversary FeatureAnniversary SprintBarcelona FeatureBarcelona SprintSpa FeatureSpa SprintMonze FeatureMonza Sprint
Tests
2019 Yas Marina Test2020 Bahrain Test2020 Yas Marina Test
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