Zhou has made his critics look stupid, says Vasseur



MONACO, May 27 (Reuters) - China's first Formula One driver Guanyu Zhou has made his critics look stupid so far in his rookie season, according to Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur.

The 22-year-old scored on his debut in Bahrain in March, finishing 10th, but has since had two 11th places and a 15th as well as mechanically-related retirements in his last two outings.

Vasseur said the team messed up in Saudi Arabia, while technical issues stopped him scoring in Miami and Spain, but Zhou had reached the second phase of qualifying in five out of six races.

"We gave him the target to be in Q2 and except Miami for traffic reasons he was always in Q2," said Vasseur in a recent interview with Reuters.


"He is a very good racer. Even in Miami before the issue of the cooling he overtook (Mercedes') George Russell and then he was fighting with (McLaren's Daniel) Ricciardo.

"He is at the level that nobody expected before... he's doing very strong races, very consistent, he's doing a strong job on the tyre management and the performance is there.

"I remember perfectly the comments -- very harsh, stupid and bad comments -- when he signed last year and I think that when he was fighting with Ricciardo, Lewis or Russell that he was able to show to everybody that they were stupid."

Source: Alfa Remeo F1 Team ORLEN official website