The F2 driver Guanyu Zhou recently made the headlines when he took over Fernando Alonso’s Alpine seat during FP1 at the Austrian Grand Prix. And it now looks like he might have his own F1 seat very soon, but now with the French outfit.
There are reports emerged that, if Guanyu Zhou wins the F2 championship this season, he could land a seat at Williams F1 in 2022. The current F2 championship leader could replace George Russell, should the latter make a move to Mercedes in the next season. As reported by Formula Scout, according to Alpine Academy director Mia Sharizman, it was always the plan for them to find a different team for the Chinese driver. She also explained the plans of the French team for their other academy drivers.
For us, it’s that there will be [the same plan] from the beginning, it’s always to find a partner team, or to find a customer team.
My fellow colleagues, my management, we are all working towards looking into whether there is a new team or there is a customer team. So that’s something that is the other side of the business.
From here onwards, our role is to prepare the drivers to be at the level whereby they can be primed to be selected. That’s the first thing that we do,” said the Alpine academy director.
Its starting to look likely that George Russell might end up at Mercedes for the 2022 season. Thus, Williams have also started looking at potential replacements for the Briton. Rumours where that Nico Hulkenberg and Daniil Kvyat are the front runners for the seat, with a Mercedes-Williams swap, courtesy of Valtteri Bottas, in the mix. But it looks like Williams might offer the seat to F2 championship leader Guanyu Zhou.