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China’s Zhou to make F1 practice debut with Alpine

Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu will make his Formula One practice debut with Alpine in Austria this weekend, the Renault-owned team said yesterday.

The Shanghai-born 22-year-old will take double world champion Fernando Alonso’s car for the opening hour-long Friday session. Zhou is the team’s test driver and is currently leading the Formula Two championship. He will be the first Chinese to take part in a Friday session since Ma Qinghua featured in Chinese Grand Prix practice with now-defunct Caterham in 2013. No Chinese driver has ever raced in F1. “There have not been many Chinese drivers in Formula One, so to be behind the wheel of an F1 car during a race weekend is going to be a very proud feeling,” said Zhou. “It’s going to be even more special that I’m driving Fernando’s car as he inspired me to pursue a career in racing when I was young.”


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