10 things every Formula 1 fan should be excited for in 2022

7. Zhou makes his debut

Zhou Guanyu will make history as the first Chinese driver to race full-time in Formula 1 and as the only rookie in the field, his debut season will be watched intently.

The 22-year-old will join Alfa Romeo alongside ex-Mercedes Grand Prix winner Bottas in a pairing that matches experience and youth.

It’s not Zhou’s F1 car debut – he has of course tested Alpine and Alfa Romeo machinery – but he will prove himself on the grid for the first time and enjoy a home race too, the Chinese Grand Prix having recently signed a long-term deal to stay on the calendar.

Zhou took the wheel of the Alfa Romeo in the post-season Abu Dhabi test