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Zhou “surprised” himself in first half of the season

Guanyu Zhou at the Hungarian GP. Credits: @OsOfficialF1 (Twitter).

Guanyu Zhou admitted that he “surprised” himself with his performance in the first half of the 2022 season.

Zhou is the only rookie on the F1 grid this year. He started his debut season in the championship with a 10th-place finish at the Bahrain GP. Though bad luck struck the Chinese driver on several occasions, the team was delighted with his performance. Zhou himself was “quite happy” with his results as well.

“Overall, I’m quite happy [with the first half of the season],” he said.

“[In terms of] surprising anyone, also, [getting into] Q3 is definitely a big surprise for myself, as well, because I don’t feel, [in my] first year, we’ve had much opportunity to do that, so it was quite [a] good achievement, and good news for me going forward.”

Zhou noted that he had raised his expectations: “But then, on the other hand, I feel like my expectation for myself obviously [goes] higher because even though [I’m] still a rookie, if I’m out in Q1, I just always feel quite upset now.

“At the beginning of the year, I would have been okay [with it] but now I can feel like Q2 will be always my minimum target, even though now the whole field is quite compact.”

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