GUANYU ZHOU is set to become the first Chinese driver to race in Formula One.

The 22-year-old from Shanghai is expected to be confirmed at Alfa Romeo next season where he will partner Valtteri Bottas

Zhou is presently second in the Formula 2 title and furthermore some portion of the Alpine youthful driver program.

He is just the second driver from central area China to get in the driver’s seat of a F1 vehicle after Ma Quinghua drove in five practice meetings across 2012 and 2013 with HRT and Caterham.

Zhou, who was beforehand important for Ferrari’s Driver Academy, has been advised he is allowed to leave Alpine in quest for his F1 dream as they are reluctant to supplant either Fernando Alonso or Esteban Ocon.

Elevated’s chief Marcin Budkowski said: “On Guanyu Zhou, there are bits of hearsay zooming around, and again I won’t remark on tales, or on driver contracts.

“We are assessing choices for our institute drivers yet the achievement of a foundation is additionally estimated through its yield.

“We are running this foundation since we need to create Formula One drivers.

“However, we can’t disrupt the general flow of our drivers who are developed for F1 and prepared to take that test, since that would be negative for their professions, for them as people, and furthermore it would ponder severely our institute.

“So these are the boundaries and we’ll declare this at the appropriate time.”

Zhou’s change to Alfa Romeo would finish the network for 2022 and bring about Antonio Giovinazzi tracking down another drive somewhere else.