Zhou wins Autosport’s Rookie of the Yr Award

Zhou, who grew to become the primary Chinese language driver to compete in F1 full-time, scored six factors on his technique to 18th within the standings.

Autosport readers voted Zhou one of the best rookie of 2022, forward of Toyota’s World Endurance champion Ryo Hirakawa, IndyCar podium finisher Christian Lundgaard and F2 race winner Logan Sargeant.

Zhou’s success was introduced on 4 December on the Autosport Awards at Grosvenor Home on Park Lane.

Zhou, who was offered the award by Crimson Bull F1 group boss Christian Horner, stated in a recorded video: “Hello guys, as you may see I simply received Rookie of the Yr, because of everybody who supported me and voted for me. I’ve been battling by means of the 12 months, it has been a tough 12 months, however I’ve had nice assist from the monitor and from followers at house, so thanks all very a lot.”

Earlier winners of the award, which is open to skilled racing drivers of their first season of their respective classes, embrace Jenson Button, Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Oscar Piastri.

Different classes determined by fan voting embrace Worldwide Racing Driver of the Yr offered by Pirelli, Worldwide Rally Driver of the Yr, British Competitors Driver of the Yr, Worldwide Racing Automobile of the Yr offered by Blink Expertise, Rally Automobile of the Yr, Nationwide Driver of the Yr and Esports Driver of the Yr offered by Motorsport Video games.

Additional awards, determined by skilled judging panels, embrace the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Younger Driver of the Yr Award, the Gold Medal for lifetime legacy, the Gregor Grant Award for lifetime achievement, Motorsport Promoter of the Yr, and Esports Crew of the Yr offered by Motorsport Video games. Second of the Yr offered by Bang & Olufsen and Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future are awards which have returned for 2022.

To search out out who our different Award winners are, go to autosport.com/awards

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