Shanghai, 8 June – At a press conference held at the Shanghai International Circuit, it was announced that an agreement had been reached for the Ferrari Driver Academy to welcome into its ranks, the Chinese driver Guanyi Zhou, a young karter, born in 1999, who is the reigning European champion in the Junior Rotax and ABKC S1 Rotax Junior. The announcement was made on the final day of the Ferrari Racing Days event, which saw several of the activities of Maranello’s Corse Clienti brought together on track, as part of the third round of the Asia-Pacific Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli. The youngster was just one of many who took part in a meeting with local media. The decision to take on Guanyu was based on confidence in his obvious talent, as well as being part of a collaboration with the Chinese Automobile Federation, which for the past few years has already been sending a young driver that it has chosen, over to Italy for a two day training programme, both in a simulator and on track at the wheel of a Formula 3 car. Now the young Guanyu begins a new adventure under the guidance of the FDA’s principal, Luca Baldisserri, aimed at helping him progress, both in racing terms and also on the human and professional front, with the ultimate goal of making it all the way to Formula 1.
Guanyu Zhou was born in Shanghai on 30 May 1999 and began kart racing when he was 8. In 2008, he won 8 races and the title “Best young driver.” In 2012, he moved from China to UK to study and, at the same time, continued racing in karts with Team Strawberry Racing, taking several wins in the Rotax championship. Currently, Guanyu still lives in London with his parents and younger sister, but soon he will move to Maranello to take part in the Ferrari Driver Academy courses.