Guanyu Zhou

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Guanyu Zhou
Guanyu Zhou Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 (48242675181) (cropped).jpg
Guanyu Zhou in 2019
NationalityChina Chinese
Born (1999-05-30) 30 May 1999 (age 20)
Shanghai, China
FIA Formula 2 Championship career
Debut season2019
Current teamUNI-Virtuosi
Car no.7
Starts18
Wins0
Podiums4
Poles1
Fastest laps1
Best finishTBA in 2019
Previous series
201618
2016
2015
2015
FIA European Formula 3
Toyota Racing Series
Italian F4 Championship
ADAC Formula 4
Zhou on Grid of ADAC F4 in Spa

Guanyu Zhou, also known as Zhou Guan Yu (周冠宇 born 30 May 1999) is a Chinese racing driver, currently competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for UNI-Virtuosi Racing. As part of the Renault Sport Academy, he currently serves as the development driver for the Renault Formula One Team. He was a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy from 2015 to 2018, and served as the development driver for Formula E team DS Techeetah in 2018.[1][2][3]

Zhou started his single seater career in 2015, competing in the Italian F4 Championship and ADAC Formula 4 with Prema Racing. After finding success in the Italian F4 Championship, he moved up to the European Formula 3 Championship with Motopark in 2016[4] and Prema Racing in 2017 and 2018.[5]

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Having started karting since he eight years old in China, Zhou moved to the UK in 2012 for a more competitive racing environment. In 2013, he won both the Super 1 National Rotax Max Junior and Rotax Max Euro Challenge, beating current McLaren driver Lando Norris. For his final year of karting, Zhou finished 2nd in Rotax Max Senior Euro Challenge and participated in selected rounds of WSK Champions Cup and the KF2 European Championship.[6]

Formula 4[edit]

Zhou joined Prema Powerteam for the 2015 Italian F4 Championship. After winning a hat trick in round 2 Monza and consistently finishing on the podium, Zhou ended the season as vice-champion and best rookie, beating highly rated Robert Schwartzman and David Beckmann. He also competed in selected rounds of the German ADAC F4 Championship, achieving two podium finishes in Spielberg and Spa.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship[edit]

Zhou joined team Motopark for the 2016 FIA European F3 Championship. After a successful season opener rounds in Paul Ricard and Hungaroring by finishing in 2 podium positions, Zhou struggled to find pace during the 2nd half of the season, finishing in 13th for his maiden season.

Zhou stayed for a second F3 season by rejoining Prema, and improved to 8th in standing with 5 podium finishes. Season highlights included leading race 3 in Spa and holding back Lando Norris in the penultimate round.

After a speculation of a possible move to F2, Zhou remained with Prema for a third F3 season. After a maiden career win in Pau, a podium in Hungaroring and three consecutive podium finishes in Zandvoort, Zhou found him standing in 2nd, just a point behind teammate Marcus Armstrong. Despite strong qualifying pace in Spa and Silverstone, Zhou suffered 4 consecutive retirements with a series of teammate collisions and tyre punctures. Zhou won his second F3 race in Hockenheim, finishing the season 8th in standing, with 3 poles, and 2 wins.

FIA Formula 2[edit]

In December 2018, Zhou joined UNI-Virtuosi Racing along with Luca Ghiotto for the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship. [7] Zhou achieved a maiden feature race podium in Barcelona after a strong qualifying and leading most of the race before dropping to third due to tyre degradation. He subsequently achieved another 3rd in the Monaco sprint race by overtaking Artem Markelov at the start. At Silverstone, Zhou scored his first F2 pole position, becoming the first Chinese driver to do so.

Formula One[edit]

In 2019, he joined the Renault Sport Academy and is currently serving as a development driver for the Renault Formula One Team.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2015 Italian F4 Championship Prema Powerteam 21 3 2 0 9 223 2nd
ADAC Formula 4 Championship 9 0 0 0 2 45 15th
2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Motopark 30 0 0 0 2 101 13th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 1 0 N/A 16th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 15th
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 15 1 0 1 4 685 6th
2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Prema Powerteam 30 0 0 0 5 149 8th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Prema Theodore Racing 30 2 3 1 6 203 8th
Macau Grand Prix SJM Theodore Racing by Prema 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship UNI-Virtuosi Racing 18 0 1 1 4 115 7th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2016 Motopark Volkswagen LEC
1

14
LEC
2

3
LEC
3

8
HUN
1

8
HUN
2

3
HUN
3

4
PAU
1

11
PAU
2

Ret
PAU
3

Ret
RBR
1

14
RBR
2

11
RBR
3

7
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

6
NOR
3

4
ZAN
1

16
ZAN
2

18
ZAN
3

16
SPA
1

17
SPA
2

8
SPA
3

11
NÜR
1

12
NÜR
2

12
NÜR
3

12
IMO
1

6
IMO
2

5
IMO
3

10
HOC
1

11
HOC
2

13
HOC
3

11
13th 101
2017 Prema Powerteam Mercedes SIL
1

7
SIL
2

7
SIL
3

Ret
MNZ
1

5
MNZ
2

6
MNZ
3

10
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

Ret
PAU
3

10
HUN
1

7
HUN
2

3
HUN
3

4
NOR
1

3
NOR
2

8
NOR
3

12
SPA
1

12
SPA
2

17
SPA
3

3
ZAN
1

16
ZAN
2

8
ZAN
3

4
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

14
NÜR
3

Ret
RBR
1

9
RBR
2

19
RBR
3

14
HOC
1

13
HOC
2

3
HOC
3

3
8th 149
2018 Prema Theodore Racing Mercedes PAU
1

1
PAU
2

12
PAU
3

13
HUN
1

2
HUN
2

4
HUN
3

5
NOR
1

9
NOR
2

12
NOR
3

4
ZAN
1

2
ZAN
2

3
ZAN
3

2
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

Ret
SPA
3

13
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

6
SIL
3

8
MIS
1

4
MIS
2

11
MIS
3

Ret
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

8
NÜR
3

8
RBR
1

12
RBR
2

9
RBR
3

11
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

10
HOC
3

5
8th 203

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2019 UNI-Virtuosi Racing BHR
FEA

10
BHR
SPR

4
BAK
FEA

Ret
BAK
SPR

10
CAT
FEA

3
CAT
SPR

4
MON
FEA

5
MON
SPR

3
LEC
FEA

4
LEC
SPR

3
RBR
FEA

6
RBR
SPR

8
SIL
FEA

3
SIL
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

9
HUN
SPR

9
SPA
FEA

C
SPA
SPR

C
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

4
SOC
FEA

SOC
SPR

YMC
FEA

YMC
SPR

7th* 115*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GUANYU ZHOU JOINS THE RENAULT SPORT ACADEMY FOR 2019". January 22, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "Zhou Guanyu joins Techeetah as a development driver". April 27, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Chinese youngster Guanyu Zhou joins Renault as Development Driver | Formula 1®". www.formula1.com. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  4. ^ "Ferrari protege Zhou joins Motopark in F3". February 15, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "Zhou switches to Prema for sophomore F3 season". December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Guan Yu Zhou | Ferrari Driver Academy Official Site". fda.ferrari.com. Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  7. ^ "Guanyu Zhou together with UNI-Virtuosi Racing in 2019 - Formula 2". www.fiaformula2.com. Retrieved 2019-06-22.

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