The Formula 2 star from Shanghai is the only driver to have won three races this season. He comes from the Renault Academy and brings with him mostly $ 20 million.
How long will the Rausing clan stay?
And you could use them in the Zurich Oberland. Because nobody knows how long the Rausing family, which is worth billions, will keep a protective hand over Hinwil.
Zhou also offered the 20 million to Williams-Mercedes without a label on the bolide (!). But they decided on the Thai Alex Albon (25), who sat in the cockpit for Toro Rosso and Red Bull in 2019/20.
Zhou only 103:10 back
Behind the Australian child prodigy Oscar Piastri (20), Zhou is only five points behind in the Formula 2 overall standings before the three races here in Monza (103: 108). With 91 points the Russian Robert Swartzman remains (will be a hot title contender on Thursday (22).
Like the current replacement driver Callum Ilott (22), he comes from the Ferrari Academy. But the Brit seems somehow frustrated and tries his hand at the Indy Car series in Portland for the first time on Sunday.
Mercedes duo with Ferrari engine…
For the French home-grown Sauber Theo Pourchaire – sixth in the Formula 2 series (victory in Monaco) – a Grand Prix entry at the age of 18 is probably too early.
There is also the Dutch Formula E world champion Nick de Vries (26) from the Mercedes family. People are already laughing in the circus: Bottas and de Vries in 2022 with their Silver Arrows past with a Ferrari engine. With namesake Alfa Romeo.
Giovinazzi remains a mystery
The first or last pilot on the transfer list: Antonio Giovinazzi (27). For the last 53 races, everyone has been puzzling over how good the Italian is. It was once imposed on Sauber as the Leclerc successor to Ferrari. Before the home game here in Monza, Alfa is his last national straw.
PS. The Pole Robert Kubica (36) has no chance of a permanent racing cockpit, who from Friday – as in Zandvoort – will be able to replace Kimi Räikkönen (who will be 42 on October 17), who has corona. The German Nico Hülkenberg (33) is also out of the GP circus.