Alfa Romeo reveal what has impressed them about Zhou’s performance

Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu had one other strong outing within the Australian Grand Prix, narrowly lacking the factors and sustaining his document of ending each race in his nascent F1 profession. Afterwards, the staff's Head of Trackside Engineering, Xevi Pujolar, applauded Zhou's method to the Albert Park race.

					Alfa Romeo reveal what has impressed them about Zhou's performance


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Alfa Romeo’s Head of Trackside Engineering, Xevi Pujolar, has praised driver Zhou Guanyu’s efficiency finally weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, with the Chinese language driver nearly snatching the ultimate level for tenth place.

After scoring a fairytale level on his Grand Prix debut in Bahrain final month, Zhou additionally noticed the chequered flag within the following two races of the 2022 season in Jeddah and Melbourne, coming residence eleventh on each events.

The one rookie on the F1 grid, Zhou additionally appeared in Melbourne to have solved the issues he had beforehand skilled with sluggish begins at Bahrain and Jeddah.

And whereas a number of different drivers got here to grief in opposition to the Albert Park Circuit’s unforgiving obstacles, no such bother befell Zhou, and Pujolar talked up the Chinese language’s measured method to the Australian Grand Prix weekend.

“I might say excellent, one other robust and strong weekend,” Pujolar instructed media, together with, of Zhou’s efficiency in Melbourne.

“You possibly can see that many individuals had issues, incidents, crashing.

“For us, it was essential to start out the weekend [well], construct up session by session, and do not push an excessive amount of, as a result of as quickly as you make a mistake, it should take a very long time to get well.”

					Alfa Romeo reveal what has impressed them about Zhou's performance

Tyre bother not Zhou's fault

Although Zhou certified some seven-tenths of a second adrift of teammate Valtteri Bottas in Australia, Pujolar defined that that deficit was partly attributable to the staff needing to higher perceive find out how to handle to softest C5 compound rubber.

“In qualifying, there was nonetheless a little bit of margin, and it was fairly difficult for him with the C5, not just for him, as a result of additionally with Valtteri we struggled to extract the efficiency,” mentioned Pujolar.

“However that is extra on [the engineering side], we have to perceive how we can assist them on this sort of compound.

“So, for Zhou, it was a much bigger problem in qualifying this time, however we all know that within the race, his race tempo and preventing [for position], he is excellent.

“Immediately, he could not attain the factors, however he was preventing for the factors, in order that was excellent.”

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Might Zhou have snatched tenth in Melbourne?

Zhou may need scored one other level in Melbourne had he not emerged simply behind Alex Albon after the Williams driver made his one and solely pit-stop on the ultimate lap of the race.

With a lot older tyres than his rival, Zhou had little probability of battling for place, however Pujolar mentioned he thought Zhou may have held on if Albon had emerged from the pits behind the Chinese language driver.

“We had been attempting to push and provides him the hole, however he was struggling at that time with tempo,” rued Pujolar.

“We misplaced a while in the previous few laps with visitors with Lance Stroll, nevertheless it was very shut.

“I feel if Zhou was in entrance, that time was for us.”

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					Alfa Romeo reveal what has impressed them about Zhou's performance

					Alfa Romeo reveal what has impressed them about Zhou's performance


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