Guanyu Zhou remains for a second season with the Renault Sport Academy after a successful debut campaign in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.
What are your thoughts for the 2020 FIA Formula 2 season?
I can’t wait for the 2020 season to start. I was really happy with how everything went last year as a rookie in Formula 2. There was a lot to learn as it was a new area of driving for me with a new team and with more races on the calendar. I think everything went pretty well. I did the best job I could with some things I know I can improve on. I’m also pleased to stay on the Renault programme and make use of their valuable support.
How beneficial is it to be staying with a familiar team this season?
It’s good staying for another year with UNI-Virtuosi. I know them well and they know me. My engineers know my style of driving and also which set-ups I like on the car so that will be beneficial this year. I also understand the Formula 2 car a lot better and the Pirelli tyres so I think that will help massively in my second year. I’m looking forward to the championship and trying my best for a top three finish.
What’s it like being an Academy member?
I’m exceptionally proud to be a member of the Renault Sport Academy. We go to Enstone at the start of the year and we have a personalised schedule to follow to improve during the season. Last year, I saw a big improvement from signing with Renault to the end of the season, not only from a physical point of view but also in my racing ability. We try to be in the best condition to be ready for a race so I’m really happy and impressed with how Renault works.