Guanyu Zhou will race in the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship with new entry, UNI-Virtuosi Racing.
The Chinese driver becomes the first driver confirmed for the British team, who takeover Russian Time‘s entry for next year’s F2 season.
The British firm takes over the assets and entry from the Russian team ahead of the 2019 season, ending Russian Time’s tenure in the series that saw them win the 2017 F2 teams’ title and develop Artem Markelov as one of the most loved drivers in the F2 paddock.
Zhou raced in the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Prema Racing, taking two wins and six podium finishes to an eighth place finish in the series.
The Ferrari Academy driver tested with Russian Time during the post-season test in Abu Dhabi, and is happy to be confirmed with the new UNI-Virtuosi Racing team for next season.
“I’m extremely happy to be joining UNI-Virtuosi racing for next season! The Abu Dhabi test was very positive and I am ready to have a good strong year with such a professional team.” said Zhou.
UNI-Virtuosi Racing’s team principal Andy Roche is happy to welcome Zhou into the team as their first signing, claiming he is a talented driver and that he can progress quickly in the F2 series.
“We’re very happy to welcome Guanyu to our team and we are looking forward to working with him. He is a very talented driver and rapidly got to grips with the F2 car,” said Zhou.
The championship is extremely tough and we feel Guanyu has the talent to progress quickly and have a very strong competitive year with us.”
Zhou becomes the sixth driver confirmed in next year’s series, with his team-mate yet to be decided.