Like Lewis Hamilton Drives With #44 & Max Verstappen #33, What Number Will Guanyu Zhou Have in F1?

Published 12/09/2021, 3:51 AM EST
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 03: F2 Sprint Race 1 winner in Monaco Guanyu Zhou of China and UNI-Virtuosi Racing poses during previews ahead of Round 3:Baku of the Formula 2 Championship at Baku City Circuit on June 03, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsports; only the best drivers get to feature on the illustrious grid. Now in 2021, there will be a new rookie in F1 in the form of Guanyu Zhou.

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The upcoming Alfa Romeo driver will have the freedom to choose his own number when he makes his debut in F1 next season. Seeing that some of the drivers on the grid choose a number that is special to them, it wouldn’t be a surprise that Zhou is any different.

Alfa Romeo’s new driver Guanyu Zhou, and the number he will dawn in F1

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The Chinese driver will be replacing Antonio Giovinazzi at the Swiss-based team. And many wonder, which number he will choose to dawn when he makes his debut on the F1 grid when in 2022.

Since 2014 drivers could use a permanent number, and in 2021 Zhou has chosen the number 24 for his first season in F1. An interesting fact about the number is that it was used by Timo Glock back in 2012.

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Who will drive alongside Zhou in 2022?

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Alfa Romeo will get a whole new driver lineup for the upcoming season. as Kimi Raikkonen, and Giovinazzi part ways Swiss-based team; they will make way for Zhou, and Valtteri Bottas.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in action REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Hence, the Vasseur-led team will have a dynamic duo for the 2022 season. On one hand, they will have an experienced driver in form of Bottas, and the other a great talent in the form of Zhou.

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The Swiss-based team has their last race of this season in Abu Dhabi. And, shortly after that, they will get ready to prepare for next season? What are your predictions for the team this weekend, and for when they get a new driver line up in 2022? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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