Rookie Guanyu Zhou says he feels less pressure preparing for Formula 1 than what he faced when he was racing in Formula 2.

Zhou is the only rookie in the 2022 grid, making all eyes focus on how the Chinese driver will develop throughout the season. However, he says the pressure is not affecting him, as he felt more in last year’s F2 season.

“To be the only rookie on the 2022 Formula 1 grid, I think there’s, of course, a little bit of pressure, but it doesn’t really get to me because I feel [there was] more pressure last season,” Zhou says.

“I had too many people watching me, having their eye on me, the end of my Formula 2 campaign. So that was a lot of pressure, but I think I dealt with that pretty well.”

Zhou says his aim for this season is to score points in a regular manner, and aim to reach Q3 in every qualifying of the year.

“I hope to achieve as many points as possible and try to always fight for the points, always [reach] Q3 for the team – I think that’s always the goal for the team.”

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