REVEALED: The Massive Amount Zhou’s Sponsors Are Reportedly Offering Alfa Romeo F1 for 2022 Seat

Published 09/09/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga


In the space of 72 hours, the driver’s market kicked into hyper-drive. Following the announcement of Valtteri Bottas joining Alfa Romeo in 2022, a domino effect took place which saw movements across various teams.

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After all the announcements, a seat still awaits an announcement in Alfa Romeo. Although Antonio Giovinazzi remains in contention for a contract renewal, the Italian outfit could benefit from an enticing aspect about signing Alpine junior Guanyu Zhou.

Alfa Romeo could gain additional funds from signing Guanyu Zhou for 2022

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Since joining Alfa Romeo in 2019, Giovinazzi has shown flashes of real skill and quickness behind the wheel. Although he didn’t score points that often, the 27-year-old helped the Italian outfit move forwards along with former world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

Before the Dutch Grand Prix took place, Raikkonen announced his retirement from F1. While Alfa Romeo replaced him with Bottas, Giovinazzi‘s future remains in doubt as his contract expires at the end of this season.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi attends a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

Younger drivers always remain a threat to drivers on the F1 grid. However, if they come with huge financial backing, the threat isn’t just real, but it’s magnified in unbelievable manner. In this regard, Zhou looks the biggest threat to Giovinazzi’s 2022 seat in Alfa Romeo.

According to Marca, who mentioned RMC Motori, the Chinese star could offer the team a whopping 30 million euros to secure a seat. Considering the wonders that sum of money could do, one may wonder it’s only a matter of time before Zhou joins Alfa Romeo.

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Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott are also in contention

While Schumacher has a contract with Haas, the rumor mill has him strongly linked with replacing Giovinazzi. In addition, his apparent feud with Nikita Mazepin might nudge him in the direction of the Italian outfit.

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Another option they have is in their test driver, Callum Ilott. The Briton, who is a Ferrari Driver Academy graduate like Mick, will make his IndyCar debut with Juncos Hollinger Racing.

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Who will take the second seat in Alfa Romeo? With the options laid out, it’s anyone’s guess at the moment.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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