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.