Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas says that he hopes his new team-mate, Guanya Zhou, “will develop quickly” during his rookie season in Formula 1.

Bottas has joined the Alfa Romeo F1 team on a multi-year contract ahead of this season, saying goodbye to Mercedes after five years with the Brackley team.

Replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo, the Finnish racer will team up with this year’s only rookie, Zhou.

Already the Chinese driver has stated that there is “no better option” for him to have as a team-mate in his first season than Bottas, the Finn having played a played a crucial part in Mercedes success from 2017-2021.

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