By Philip Duncan, PA F1 Correspondent
Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu has been retained by Alfa Romeo for 2023.
Zhou, who survived a terrifying first-corner crash at July’s British Grand Prix, has scored on three occasions in his rookie season.
He will partner Lewis Hamilton’s former Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas for a second campaign.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, Zhou, 23, said: “I am happy and grateful Alfa Romeo for the opportunity to be part of the team for another season.
“Making it to Formula One was a dream come true and the feeling of competing for the first time in a race will live with me forever.
“The team has been incredibly supportive, welcoming me from day one and helping me adapt to the most complex series in motorsport.
❗️2023 👊🏼 @alfaromeoorlen
It’s been an absolutely crazy year but i’m proud of everything we have achieved as a team so far! Let’s keep working to reach more milestones together. #TeamZHOU 🖤 pic.twitter.com/kmcF6KX44I
— 周冠宇 | Zhou Guanyu 🇨🇳 (@ZhouGuanyu24) September 27, 2022
“There is more that I want to achieve in this sport and with the team, and the hard work we have put together since the start of the year is just the first step towards where we want to be next season.
“There is still a lot to learn, a lot to develop, but I am confident in our work and I am looking forward to the next chapter of our story together.”
Zhou’s stay with Alfa Romeo leaves only Williams, Alpine and Haas to confirm their line-ups for next year.