Not de Vries! Alpine F1 Junior Favorite for Alfa Romeo Seat According to Official F1 Sources

Published 09/02/2021, 11:59 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during practice REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


With Kimi Raikkonen announcing, that he is leaving the sport of Formula One at the end of the season, and Antonio Giovinazzi likely to leave the team, the possibility of a new driver driving for Alfa Romeo for next season has almost solidified itself in stone.

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Names such as Valtteri Bottas & Nyck de Vries have been floating around the Swiss team. However, it is an F2 driver, Guanyu Zhou who has the lead to get the seat on the team for the 2022 season.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

Zhou to get a chance at Alfa Romeo for next season

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Bottas, and Formula E champion, de Vries has been linked for a drive at the team for ’22. But it is the Alpine academy driver who is expected to get the seat.

Laurent Rossi has told acclaimed F1 journalist, Lawrence Barretto, that he would like to see Zhou with another team on the grid, just to give the Chinese driver an opportunity, since the seats at Alpine are occupied by Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon for the foreseeable future.

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How’s Zhou doing in F2 this season?

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As it stands, the Alpine academy driver finds himself in second place in the drivers’ standings with 103 points. His best result so far was at the opening round in Bahrain, where he placed second in the first sprint race.

He hopes to improve on his form, bring in better results for the team, and maybe get a drive at Alfa Romeo. While the replacement for Raikkonen hasn’t been announced yet, Zhou knows the battle for the seat at the Swiss team will be tough. Hence, he will hope to make his case with a spectacular F2 season.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Who do you think will get the seat at Alfa Romeo in 2022? Will it be Zhou, de Vries, Bottas, or someone else? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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