LONDON–Zhou Guanyu is planning a extra aggressive strategy to his third season in Method One with the Sauber-run workforce now referred to as Stake.
China’s first and solely F1 driver mentioned it was time to be extra bold and apply the teachings discovered in his first two campaigns.
Sauber are competing as Stake F1 in 2024 and 2025 earlier than remodeling into the manufacturing facility Audi workforce, with loads of drivers keen to hitch and Zhou’s future unsure.
“I believe it is a yr the place I actually need to change a little bit bit the best way I strategy, be a bit extra aggressive, try to be a bit extra bold simply typically,” he advised Reuters on the workforce’s livery launch.
“Loads of drivers are going to be out of contract so there can be a large altering round within the driver market… I need to be sure I’ve a really sturdy season for my very own future in Method One.
“I used to be like a rookie the primary yr, second yr I didn’t need to take excessive dangers, I wished to ensure I made fewer errors since you see drivers after they do errors they keep for lower than two years and they’re out,” he added.
“In order that was sort of my strategy for the primary yr and a half however now it’s time to vary that.”
Swiss-based Sauber competed as Alfa Romeo final season and completed ninth of the ten groups, with Valtteri Bottas scoring 10 of the 16 factors.
Zhou completed ninth thrice however claimed the quickest lap, with no bonus level, within the Bahrain season-opener. He additionally certified fifth within the Hungarian Grand Prix however was caught in a primary nook collision and completed sixteenth.
He additionally scored six factors in 2022, when Bottas scored 49.
“I believe consistency remains to be one thing I can positively enhance,” he mentioned.
“I do really feel that after two years in Method One that is the yr I need to extract the whole lot I’ve, along with the bundle we have now.
“The final two seasons have been a studying curve for me,” added Zhou, who may have a house Chinese language Grand Prix in Shanghai for the primary time this April and has loved time at house within the low season.
“I do really feel there’s much more potential for me to convey out this season.”
The season begins in Bahrain on March 2.