Chinese Formula 1 trailblazer, Zhou Guanyu will extend his stint with Sauber‘s F1 team, now known as Alfa Romeo, into 2024. The Swiss team confirmed this news ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix on Thursday.
Alfa Romeo had to choose between Zhou and their budding junior driver Théo Pourchaire, currently the standout leader in the Formula 2 championship. In the end, they decided to keep Zhou on track while preserving Pourchaire’s current role.
It’s worth noting that Sauber is slated to dissolve its title partnership with Alfa following the next season. Consequently, the team will race under a new name – the Swiss team is preparing for its transformation into Audi in 2026.
This latest development reduces the number of remaining seats on the 2024 grid. A total of three seats are still up for grabs.
AlphaTauri is yet to give its final nod to Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda for next year. Alternatively, they may decide in favor of Liam Lawson, given his stellar performance this year. Additionally, American newcomer Logan Sargeant‘s future with Williams remains uncertain due to contract extension issues.
Lawson had two commendable stand-in performances for Ricciardo, who suffered a hand injury in a practice crash prior to the Dutch Grand Prix. According to F1 Initiative sources, Ricciardo remains confident about a full season with AlphaTauri; however, Lawson’s surprise opportunity has added complexity to Red Bull‘s next move.
Looking at Sargeant, just a few months back, a new deal seemed highly likely. However, poor recent form characterized by a series of crash incidents has led Williams to explore other potential names for the upcoming season, F1 Initiative sources revealed.